The result of the Oxford Authentication Ltd thermoluminescence test, no.C97g66, is consistent with the dating of this lot.
A pottery model of a horse and the horse-drawn carriage of this large size is extremely rare.
It may be compared to the model of a chariot drawn by four horses and excavated from the Qin dynasty tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi, the 'first Emperor of China', a copy of which was exhibited in Dortmund in 1990 and is illustrated in the accompanying catalogue, Jenseits der Grossen Mauer - Der erste Kaiser von China und seine Terrakotta-Armee, L.Ledderose & A.Schlombs (ed.), Mnchen, 1990, cat.no.58, pp.258ff. The construction of the carriage and wheels are similar, though the pottery version naturally allows less technical detail and surface decoration.
The yoke closely resembles the bronze ones from the Qin Imperial tomb: the two hooks at the lower end (used here to support the shafts on either side) would originally have been tied below the horse's belly with leather straps, and the loops at the upper part of the yoke would have carried the reins from the bit through to the charioteer.