A rare painted grey pottery figure of an equestrian, Tang dynasty (618-907) 

Lot 1279. A rare painted grey pottery figure of an equestrian, Tang dynasty (618-907); 17 3/8 in. (44.1 cm.) high. Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000. Price realised USD 8,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011

The horse standing foursquare with head raised and looking forward, with a clipped mane and docked tail, the rider and saddle modeled separately as one piece, the rider posed as if holding the reins, his face expressively modeled, with a thin white pigment over the gray clay, with traces of red, black and orange pigment.

Provenance: Christie's, New York, 27 November 1991, lot 300

The result of Oxford thermoluminescence test no. 566u65 is consistent with the dating of this lot.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Part I and Part II Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, New York, 24 March 2011.