Horse and Female Rider

Period: Tang dynasty (618–907)

Date: 7th century

Culture: China

Medium: Unfired clay with pigment

Dimensions: H. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm); L. 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm)

Classification: Tomb Pottery

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1951

Accession Number: 51.93a, b


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.