Horse and rider
Near Eastern, Iranian
10th–9th century B.C.
Overall: 5.1 cm (2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)
Groups of small bronze stags and bulls, pierced for suspension, have been found in tombs, where they appear to have been hung from men’s belts. Their meaning is unknown, but it is likely that they were gifts to the dead. Other, unpierced figurines, horses and riders (such as this one), chariots, and dogs, may have been gifts to the dead.
By 1959: with Dariush Broumand, New York, New York; 12 November 1959: purchased by the MFA from Dariush Broumand.
(Accession Date: November 12, 1959)
Seth K. Sweetser Fund