Stele of a rider-god
presumably of the 1st or 2nd century A.D.
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 284.
33.1 x 16.5 cm (13 1/16 x 6 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
A male figure in helmet, short tunic, and cloak rides to the right. Horse and rider are framed by a rough molding which runs into the irregular edges of the stele.
The relief is difficult to date, whether in the late Hellenistic or Graeco-Roman periods. The span of time suggested above is based chiefly on the incidence of other such monuments from northwest Asia Minor. The classical Greek proportions of the horse are a strange contrast with the elongated face of the rider. These differences may be explained by the somewhat primitive quality of the relief.
University of South Florida Lab No. 8479: Isotope ratios - delta13C +1.7 / delta18O -12.3,
Attribution - unknown source. Justification - C and O isotopes, coarse grain
From an ancient site on the northeast slope of Mount Ida, discovered by Clarke and Diller in 1882; gift of J. T. Clarke to MFA, January 1884
Gift of J. T. Clarke