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Horseman: C.19-1927

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Current Location: Gallery 28 - Arts of Asia Gallery


Unknown (Maker)


Mould made, white earthenware figure of a mounted horseman, on a rectangular base. The horseman is definitely a heavily bearded foreigner, wearing the costume normally associated with those from Central Asia. Holes have been pierced into, but not through, the hands. Perhaps they once held leather reins
Both the rider and horse are covered in a white slip, and then glazed in off white (which appears straw yellow under ultra violet light). There are also traces of black and red over paint.

Both the base and the horse's legs have been broken. The front legs have two beaks each, and the back legs one break each.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Oscar Raphael, FSA

Measurements and weight

Height: 26.3 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1927) by Raphael, Oscar C.


T’ang Dynasty (618-906)
618 - 906

Components of the work


Materials used in production

Glaze Slip Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Slip coating Glazing

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.19-1927
Primary reference Number: 138214
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 26 November 2020 Last processed: Sunday 28 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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