The highly sculptural treatment of this noble steed is typical of of Northern Wei horses. The generously proportioned body and the slender legs lends the figure a powerful line. Elegance is provided by the proudly arched neck and sharply defined details of the horse's head. Compare the smaller horse (8¾in.) with elaborately modeled saddle and caparisons in the Cleveland Museum of Art illustrated by Sherman Lee, A History of Far Eastern Art, New York, 1982, p. 253, p. 336. Compare, also, the example sold in these rooms, 20-21 March 1997, lot 369.
The results of Oxford Authentication Ltd. thermoluminescence test nos. C299k67 and C97d78 is consistent with the dating of this lot.