Horse standing on ring

Greek
Geometric Period
about 750 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 008; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 117 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height (max.) 7 cm; horse: 3.4 x 3 cm (1 5/16 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

65.101

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Probably cast in one piece; horizontal striations are visible on the left side of the horse, and on the lower parts of the legs (reworkings of the cast?). The horse is a standard, voluminous silhouette. The mouth and ears, curving forward, are incised. A simple, incised line delineates the tail. The ring on which the horse stands has two drop-shaped pendants suspended from the bottom; these are 0.01 m. long and 0.007 m. apart. Dark green patina, with light green encrustation on right rear flank of horse.

Provenance

By 1965: with Origins, 159 Newbury Street, Boston (said to have been found at Elateia [Drachmani] in Phokis); purchased by MFA from Origins, February 10, 1965

Credit Line

John Michael Rodocanachi Fund