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Burial figure of a polo player
Moulded earthenware with hand-made components and glaze
Centimetres: 34.2 (length), 21.9 (height), 14.8 (width)
end of 7th - 1st quarter of 8th century AD
Tang Dynasty
Area of Origin: China
Area of Use: China; Asia
Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of China
Dr. Herman Herzog Levy Bequest Fund

Description: Mounted female polo player. Glazed earthenware. Tang Dynasty, 690 - 725. This game was played by two teams on horseback. Each team competed to drive a soft ball with a club into the goal of the opposing team, or just one single goal, in order to score the highest points.

Exhibit History: Playful Pursuits: Chinese Traditional Toys and Games (Royal Ontario Museum) 2010

Publications: Li Zhiyan, Virginia L. Bower and He Li, editors (2010), Chinese Ceramics From the Paleolithic Period through the Qing Dynasty, Yale University Press, p. 262, fig. 5.80. Jack, Lee-Anne (1996), "The Cultural Legacy of Herman Levy", Rotunda: The Magazine of the Royal Ontario Museum 29, no. 2, pp. 16-31: p. 25. Royal Ontario Museum (1996), The Bequest of Herman Herzog Levy, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, colour pl. 7. Royal Ontario Museum (1996), Royal Ontario Museum: The T.T. Tsui Galleries of Chinese Art, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, pl. 71. Sotheby's (London), June 10, 1986, lot 8. Eskenazi, Giuseppe (1980), JMAJ Dawson Collection, cover and no. 23. Christie's (London), June 10, 1974, lot 185.

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