Compare to the drawings of a similar painted pottery horse illustrated in Sekai toji zenshu, vol. 8, 1955, p. 268, fig. 301. Compare, also, the similarly modelled horses with riders, also of Northern Wei date, included in the exhibition, The Quest for Eternity, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1987, nos. 39-41.
The result of Oxford thermoluminescence test no. 466Y67 is consistent with the dating of this lot.