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Tri-color glazed pottery figurine of horse-riding man

Tang Dynasty

Length 37cm, height 38cm

Unearthed from Tang Dynasty tomb at Yejiabu, Qin`an County, Gansu Province

Preserved in Gansu Provincial Museum

This tri-color glazed pottery figurine of horse-riding man with white-colored roughcast; the figurine of man with deep-set eyes, high-bridge nose, thick beard, headband, turn-down collar clothes, bent arms holding rein seems to drive horse and in red, green, black and white glaze; the figurine of horse with head lifting up, two ears erecting, four legs tall and strong showing the hunting scene of the Huns on horse back.

This piece of cultural relics was unearthed from a Tang Dynasty tombs complex in Qin`an, Gansu Province in September 1965 together with other 180 objects of which most are tri-color-glazed pottery figurines. This group of three-color-glazed pottery wares in shape of human and animal image were made in realistic style looking spectacular, vigorous and graceful in pure colored glaze, its harmonious unity of form and spirit shows the quality of tri-color-glazed pottery ware of the High-Tang Period.

 

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