The Tartar Horseman


From: China

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Title The Tartar Horseman
Object Number C448
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Chinese
Provenience China
Creator Zhao Mengfu
Period Ming Dynasty (uncertain) | Yuan Dynasty (uncertain)
Date Made 1310 - 15th Century
Section Asian
Materials Ink | Silk | Gilt | Wood
Technique Painted | Woven
Iconography Tartar Horseman | Mongolian Horseman | Horse | Deer | Bird | Landscape
Inscription Language Chinese Language

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.

Credit Line Purchased from Worch of Paris, 1925
Other Number Getz 45 - Other Number

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