Mounted horseman

Imperial Period
about 2nd century

Place of Manufacture: Balkans


Height x width: 4.5 x 5 cm (1 3/4 x 1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment

A male, nude except for a cloak fastened on his right shoulder, mounted on a horse. His right arm is raised as if to hold a spear; likely there was one originally. He may be participating in a hunt. The fitting underneath the horse’s belly suggests that the horseman once topped a pin.


By the 1960s: with George Zakos, Basel, Switzerland; in the 1960s: purchased by Robert E. Hecht, Jr. from George Zakos (on loan to the MFA since April 14, 1995); 2004: year end gift of Robert E. and Elizabeth Hecht, Jr. to MFA ; accessioned by MFA February 23, 2005

Credit Line

Gift of Elizabeth and Robert E. Hecht, Jr. in honor of John J. Herrmann, Jr., Curator of Classical Art, 1976-2004