This handsome equestrian figure is probably related to the group of equestrian figures excavated in Luoyang, Henan province, before 1943. Other figures from this group include two each in the Freer Gallery, the Nelson-Atkins Museum, and the Musée Guimet. Compare the group of equestrian musicians and other figures excavated in Luoyang and now in the Henan Provincial Museum, illustrated in Zhongguo taoci, vol. 7, Shanghai/Tokyo, 1983, pls. 88 and 89.
See, also, the three related equestrian figures sold in these rooms: one from the Ernest C. and Katherine Arbuckle Collection, 4 June 1987, lot 195, and two others, 1 December 1988, lots 237 and 238. All three examples share with the present lot a high-fired clay body, lustrous and well-preserved glazes, and finely painted facial features and hair which remain relatively intact.
The result of Oxford Authentication Ltd. thermoluminescence test no. C107x36 is consistent with the dating of this lot.