Horse standing on ring

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).


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



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.


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