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Male Figure Riding Horse, One of Pair

Asian Art

Images of mounted soldiers have formed the honor guard for Chinese tombs at least since the 3rd century B.C. Unglazed ceramic figures were often painted, and the Museum's Tang Dynasty Pair of Mounted Horsemen retain some of their original decoration. In the tombs of the Tang nobility, figures of attendants stood in small side chambers, symbolically waiting to serve the occupant of the tomb.

MEDIUM Earthenware, traces of pigment
  • Place Made: Northern, China
  • DATES 581-618
    DYNASTY Sui Dynasty
    PERIOD Sui Dynasty
    DIMENSIONS 9 1/4 x 3 3/4 in. (23.5 x 9.5 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1991.247.3
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Lucile E. Selz
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Male Figure Riding Horse, One of Pair, 581-618. Earthenware, traces of pigment, 9 1/4 x 3 3/4 in. (23.5 x 9.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Lucile E. Selz, 1991.247.3. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 1991.247.2_1991.247.3_SL1.jpg)
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