Horse

Greek
Geometric Period
about 750 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 006; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 117 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height x length: 5.7 x 5.3 cm (2 1/4 x 2 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

65.1292

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The crossbar at the front legs is joined on to the front of the hooves; the bar at the back runs from the back of the left hoof only as far as the tail, where the latter touches the bar and the right hoof. He stands, alert on his four straight legs; his blade-like neck rises in an elegant curve, suggesting a mane like a rooster’s comb. An incised concentric circle marks the eye and is repeated for dapples on neck, shoulder, and flank. The blunderbuss head and long tail are characteristic, the latter joining the bar running between the hind hooves. The lack of ears is unusual. Dark to medium green patina, hard and with earth encrustation on it.

Provenance

By 1965: on the art market in Athens; purchased by MFA, October 13, 1965

Credit Line

Samuel Putnam Avery Fund