Mongol horse, China, North Wei Dynasty, 386-534 AD. Grey terracotta under polychrome pigments. 29.5 x 34 cm. © Eric Pouillot.

The animal's neck is adorned with a bell. The saddle, which rests on a rug, is removable. It is represented doing the 'Spanish walk'.

A similar model is preserved in the Meiyintang collection and illustrated in Regina Krahl, 'Trésors de la collection Meiyintang, Céramique chinoise ancienne', 2009, fig. 116.


Eunuch presenting a bird, China, Tang dynasty, 618-907 AD.Salmon terracotta with important traces of polychrome pigments. H 53 cm. © Eric Pouillot.