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Western Wei Period
Pottery Mounted Rider - Funerary Object
骑马武士俑   随葬品

This horse and rider were made during the Western Wei Period (535 to about 556). Notice that both the rider and the horse are wearing armor. The horse's armor is probably covered by parade draperies. Horse armor had been used in China since the Shang dynasty, but became quite elaborate by the Western Wei. Often it was made up of lots of little plates of metal or pieces of treated leather. A horse was an easy target, as the American Indians learned when they came up against the rifles of the cavalry. Horses were even more valuable than their riders. It took much more time to train a horse for combat. This mounted horse was found at Xianyang.

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