Statuette of a horse

Greek
Geometric Period
about 750 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 005; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 117 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 8cm (3 1/8 in.); width at base: 3 cm (1 3/16 in.); length: 5.5 cm (2 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

65.1316

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

This bronze statuette was most likely a votive dedication in a sanctuary. The horse is standing with four feet and tail on a rectangular platform, the latter pierced by triangular cut-outs. Five horizontal lines are incised either side of the lower part of the neck; pairs of similar incisions appear on the outsides of all four legs. This is the standard type of Geometric horse, with alert ears, “piggy” snout, and reversed hocks on the forelegs.
Condition: Greenish patina with black areas and earth encrustation. Breaks on right upper thigh and across the top of the tail, also at the left hind hoof.

Provenance

By 1965: with a dealer in Athens (said to come from near Elis); purchased by MFA, November 10, 1965

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund, No. 2