Tang Dynasty, 618-907 CE
Height: 12 inches

This equestrian figure was produced in the Tang Dynasty between the seventh and ninth century CE. The rider is lavishly decorated with a black slip headdress, a riding costume, and black boots. The saddled horse is standing on a rectangular plinth. Horses are common in Chinese art because they represent the importance of trade and the silk road to China’s economy. It could also show the success of China’s military in the Tang Dynasty. The piece was most likely used to decorate a grave.