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Official Riding a Horse

  • Object:

    Ridge tile

  • Place of origin:

    Shanxi (made)

  • Date:

    1500-1650 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware with lead glaze

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 144, The Headley Trust Gallery, case 1

Shanxi province was the major centre for tile production during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Curved tiles such as this one were fitted along the roof ridge and at the sloping eaves of a building and they are often decorated with three-dimensional figures of gods or animals. The man riding a horse shown here wears a civil official's robe and a black gauze hat. He would have had a companion tile showing a man wearing a military official's clothes.

Place of Origin

Shanxi (made)


1500-1650 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Earthenware with lead glaze


Height: 44 cm, Width: 40 cm

Subjects depicted

Riding (horseback riding); 騎馬; 官員; Horses (animals)


Architectural fittings; Ceramics; Earthenware


East Asia Collection

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