The spirited modelling of this figure is very close to the four polo players in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, illustrated in the Handbook, p. 208, top left, except for the unusual hat worn by this rider.
Compare a male player and a female player illustrated by Qin Yanyu, Zhongguo gudai taosu yishu, Shanghai, 1955, pl. 37. They also are naturalistic and lively in their modelling. A similar female polo player is in the Tenri Museum in Japan, illustrated by Hasobe and Sato, Sekai toji zenshu, vol. 11, Tokyo, 1976, pl. 183. Another in the Cleveland Museum of Art wears a tall hat; refer to Jennifer Neils, ed., The World of Ceramics, Cleveland, 1982, no. 96.
The result of Oxford thermoluminescence test no. 556t13 is consistent with the dating of this lot.