A rare pair of terracotta horses and warrior riders made during the Western Han Dynasty. 206-8AD. Each rider sits astride the alert horse and wears thick under and over garments to protect them from the cold. The horses stand foursquare without a base and their heads point forwards with ears erect ready to advance. The riders have their arms outstretched and would have held weapons made of wood which have long since rotted away. both horses and riders have been decorated in various colours including black, red and blue pigments which dramatically improves their life-like details. These would have been part of a larger group which would have been buried in pits around the mausoleum of a high ranking army officer. One of the statues has been Oxford TL tested, sample No C115c32. Three samples were taken; one from the riders back, one from the horses right buttock and one from under the horses head. All were from the period.
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