Terracotta Riders

Terracotta figure given to President and Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson from His Excellency Chiang Kai-shek, President of the Republic of China, and Madame Chiang Kai-Shek
This is one of a pair of terracotta figures given to President and Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson from His Excellency Chiang Kai-shek, President of the Republic of China, and Madame Chiang Kai-Shek on May 9, 1967, during a visit to the United States by Vice-President Yen Chia-Kan. The two figures of men on horseback belong to the period of the T’ang Dynasty (circa A.D. 800). It was customary in that period to deposit cherished possessions in the tombs of high dignitaries when they were buried, and these two figurines were used for that purpose. They were excavated at a village near Xi’an, capital of the Shaanxi Province.