Horse and rider

Greek, South Italian
Hellenistic Period
mid-3rd century B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia, Canosa


H: (rider): about 18 cm, L. (horse): 20.6 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



Armed warrior in Phrygian or Thracian helmet with cheek pieces sits astride (separate) horse, left arm down, right arm up; holes in left arm for attaching shield. Horse tail made separately and attached. White slip; polychrome decoration: gold helmet, blue cuirass, pink tunic, red laces on legs; on horse, gold mane, red harness; relief ornaments on bridle. Rider’s left hand, left foot missing; parts broken off three legs of horse.


By date unknown: with Summa Galleries Inc., 342 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California 90212; by 1981: D. Herbert Lipson Collection; gift of D. Herbert Lipson to MFA, October 14, 1981

Credit Line

Gift of D. Herbert Lipson, Publisher of BOSTON Magazine, Boston, Mass.