University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
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: 1310 - 15th Century
Iconography:Tartar Horseman
Mongolian Horseman
Inscription Language:Chinese Language
Credit Line:Purchased from A. G. Worch, 1925
Other Number:GETZ 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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[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)View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue] Fernald, Helen E. 1922. Handbook of Chinese Paintings in the Collection of the Museum.View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue] Getz, John. 1916. The University Museum Exhibition of Oriental Art.View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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