This unusually large model of this type of equestrian figure is similar to a group of a slightly smaller size unearthed in 1965 from a tomb at Yangjiawan, Xianyang City, Shaanxi, dated to the reigns of the emperors Wendi (reigned 180-157 B.C.) and Jingdi (reigned 157-141 B.C.) and possibly belonging to those of the prime minister Zhou Bo and his son Zhou Yafu. Close to these tomb mounds, eleven attendant tombs were discovered of infantrymen and mounted cavalrymen. Similar examples were exhibited in The Quest for Eternity, Chinese Ceramic Sculptures from the Peoples' Republic of China, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Catalogue, p.46-47, 105, cat.no.15.
The dating of this lot is consistent with the result of the ASA (Authentification et Datation d'Objets d'Art et d'Archéologie par Méthodes Scientifiques) thermoluminescence test number 10.26.15 - TL 909.010