Hobbyhorses appear in Chinese painting and decorative arts as early as the twelfth century. It is possible that this popular children’s toy, which is also sometimes cited as the precursor of the bicycle, was invented in China and spread from there to the Western world.
Marking: Zhang da jia zhen ("pillow of the great Zhang family")
[ Heeramaneck Galleries , New York, until 1960; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Douglas Dillon Legacy: Chinese Painting for the Metropolitan Museum," March 12, 2004–August 8, 2004.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Yuan Revolution: Art and Dynastic Change," August 21, 2010–January 9, 2011.