Statuette of horse and rider

Greek
Archaic Period
about 525 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 032; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 118 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Overall: 11.5 x 12.4 x 5.5 cm (4 1/2 x 4 7/8 x 2 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

03.993

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Gallery 212A-B

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

A nude youth on horseback. The feet below the knees and tail of the horse are missing, as is the left foot of the rider. The horse is depicted in mid-stride, with its left foreleg raised. The horse’s bridle is rendered with meticulous attention to detail. The youth gathers the reins in his left hand. A perforation in the right hand indicates that it originally held an unknown object, perhaps a palm branch to symbolize his victory in an athletic contest. The figurine probably represents a victor of an athletic competition. Olive-green patina. Some corrosion.

Provenance

By 1903: with Edward Perry Warren (bought in London; said to come from Mantineia in Arcadia); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 1903

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900