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Object TitleThe Tartar Horseman
Object Number:C448
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: China
Maker: Zhao Mengfu
Period: Ming Dynasty (uncertain)
Yuan Dynasty (uncertain)
Date Made: 1310 - 15th Century
Early Date: 1310
Late Date: 1499
Iconography:Tartar Horseman
Mongolian Horseman
Credit Line:Purchased from A. G. Worch, 1925
Other NumberGETZ 45 - Other Number


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 赵孟頫 (1254-1322 CE). Although this Ming Dynasty version is signed with Zhao Mengfu's 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.

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Chinese Rotunda (1968)View Objects in Exhibition


[Article] Cheng, Fangyi. 2016. Chinese Nomadic Art and the Journey to Collect: The Legacy of the Mayer Collection. Expedition: The Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. 58 (3) Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: pg. 13View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue] Fernald, Helen E. 1922. Handbook of Chinese Paintings in the Collection of the Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 23,40,41View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue] Getz, John. 1916. The University Museum Exhibition of Oriental Art. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 193 no.45View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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