A very fine and powerful statue of a terracotta walking horse and female rider made during the early Tang Dynasty. 618-906AD. The animal has been modelled in a walking position with it's long powerful legs and prominent feature. The female rider sits astride the animal facing forwards and is dressed in mens clothing. Her hair has been gathered up on top of her head and covered with a black cap which has a hole in the top to allow some of her hair to protrude; a fashion of the time. The horse, with it's powerful body, long neck and small head was a statues symbol during this time of peace in Chinese history and a female rider on a large, strong horse was in itself an important symbol of her position in society. Oxford TL tested, sample No C107w47. Three samples were taken; one from the riders back, one from the horses right buttock and one from under its head. All are from the same period.
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