Antique Chinese & Japanese PorcelainEuropean
Ceramics & Works of Art
Antique Chinese & Japanese PorcelainEuropean Ceramics & Works
Chinese famille rose baluster jar (1722-1735), painted in bright enamels with two horse men and attendants apparently playing polo in fenced rocky garden bats and constellation above,
Height: 36.2 cm. (14 ¼ in.)
Restoration to the neck base has been drilled for a lamp but now restored, two small star-cracks, only visible from interior; Old restoration but still presentable
The concept of the game and its variants date back from the 6th century BC to the 1st century AD. The sport originated from equestrian games played by nomadic Iranians Polo was at first a training game for cavalry units, usually the Persian king’s guard or other elite troops. A notable example is Saladin, who was known for being a skilled polo player. Some believe the game of polo to have originated in China wherethe word polo is thought to derive from the Tibetan pulu, the wood from which the ball was made.
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