Horse and Female Rider, Unfired clay with pigment, China

唐 彩繪泥塑騎馬仕女俑
Horse and Female Rider

Tang dynasty (618–907)
7th century
Unfired clay with pigment
H. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm); L. 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm)
Tomb Pottery
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1951
Accession Number:
51.93a, b
Not on view
This painted clay figure likely comes from Astana, Xinjiang, in the far northwest of China. It reflects both the political reach of the Tang empire as it expanded into Central Asia and the influence of the West on the fashions of the time.
Probably from Astana, Xinjiang

[ Howard C. Hollis, Inc. , New York, until 1951; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Ancient China," 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Celestial Steeds: A Celebration of the Year of the Horse," January 27, 2014–August 3, 2014.