A pair of male polo players astride galloping Ferghana horses, Tang Dynasty. 618-906AD. The male riders are twisted in their saddles and arms raised as if to strike the ball. Both have a serene yet focused expression. The animals are in full gallop and sit on custom made stands. Polo was thought to have been introduced into China from India around 200 years prior to the Tang Dynasty and was quickly adopted by the Chinese elite. Male and female riders exist and these riders represent the many trained attendants whose job was to care and exercise these valuable animals. The position of the riders and the full gallop pose of the horses give these statues a remarkable sense of flowing movement. Oxford TL tested. Both pieces have been tested, sample No C118f98 and No C118f97. Three samples were taken from each statue; one from the horses right jaw, one from the riders head and one from the horses left buttock. All samples were from the period.
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