Pottery horses of this kind are likely based on bronze horses of the same period, such as the one excavated in 1990 from Han tomb no. 2, Heijiashan, Mianyang city, Sichuan province, and illustrated with the figure of a groom in Gems of China's Cultural Relics, 1997, no. 83, or the example published in Miho Museum: Southwing, 1997, no. 117, p. 226. Both the bronze and pottery horses share the same crisp modeling and elegant, animated posture.
The result of Oxford Authentication Ltd. thermoluminescence test no. C101b5 is consistent with the dating of this lot.