University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object TitleThe Tartar Horseman
Object Number: C448
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Maker: Chao Meng-fu
Period: Ming Dynasty (uncertain)
Yuan Dynasty (uncertain)
Date Made: 1310 - 15th Century
Early Date: 1310
Late Date: 1499
Section:Asian
Materials:Ink
Silk
Gilt
Wood
Technique:Painted
Woven
Iconography:Tartar Horseman
Mongolian Horseman
Horse
Deer
Bird
Landscape
Credit Line:Purchased from A. G. Worch, 1925
Other NumberGETZ 45 - Other Number

Description

Painting in ink and muted color on silk. A fur clad leather booted Tartar horseman is depicted here on a small Mongolian pony returning from a winter hunt with a slain deer and a large bird slung over the saddle. Tartar are an ethnic group that is Turkic in origin, found in Mongolia and the surrounding areas. The unknown artist painted in the style of the famous Yuan Dynasty artist, Zhao Mengfu. Although this Ming Dynasty version is signed with Zhao Mengfu's (1254-1322 CE) name, there is no evidence that this is copied from an original Zhao Mengfu painting. The painting recalls the tastes of Mongol rulers, such as Khubilai Khan, during the thirteenth century. The painting is mounted on coarse silk in a gilt wooden frame. It is in the Yuan style.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Rotunda (1968)View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Catalogue] Fernald, Helen E. 1922. Handbook of Chinese Paintings in the Collection of the Museum. : Page/Fig./Plate: 23,40,41View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue] Getz, John. 1916. The Univesity Museum Exhibition of Oriental Art. : Page/Fig./Plate: 193 no.45View Objects cited in this Publication

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