Statuette of a horse
about 750 B.C.
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 005; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 117 (additional published references).
Height: 8cm (3 1/8 in.); width at base: 3 cm (1 3/16 in.); length: 5.5 cm (2 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This bronze statuette was most likely a votive dedication in a sanctuary. The horse is standing with four feet and tail on a rectangular platform, the latter pierced by triangular cut-outs. Five horizontal lines are incised either side of the lower part of the neck; pairs of similar incisions appear on the outsides of all four legs. This is the standard type of Geometric horse, with alert ears, “piggy” snout, and reversed hocks on the forelegs.
Condition: Greenish patina with black areas and earth encrustation. Breaks on right upper thigh and across the top of the tail, also at the left hind hoof.
By 1965: with a dealer in Athens (said to come from near Elis); purchased by MFA, November 10, 1965
William E. Nickerson Fund, No. 2