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Chinese Tang Dynasty Polo Player – Pottery


A Rare Tang Dynasty pottery polo player.

Height 36cm
Length 33cm

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The well-modelled Tang Dynasty polo player and horse sitting upright with his head tilted towards the sky with a Putou (襆頭) head wrap, arms back to slow the horse, he is dressed in a long green glazed gown to his feet with flowing folds in the fabric. The horse with head tilted left and mouth open, the whole with remains of straw coloured glaze and standing on a rectangular plinth. The riders face, cold painted with mustache and lips.

Museum Comparisons

A near identical tang dynasty polo player and horse decorated in Sancai three colour glazes in the Cernuschi Museum Collection, Paris. – See image attached.


Terracotta Treasures of the T’ang Dynasty


Gilles Béguin, Art of Asia at the Cernuschi Museum, Paris Museums / Findakly, 2000, p.112-113.

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