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 Thracian helmet with cheek pieces sits astride (separate) horse, left arm down, right arm up. Horse tail made separately and attached. Holes in helmet (for plumes?). 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 right hand, right foot missing; parts missing from all 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.