Stele of a rider-god

Roman Provincial
Greco-Roman Period
presumably of the 1st or 2nd century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 284.


33.1 x 16.5 cm (13 1/16 x 6 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



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.

Scientific Analysis:

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

Credit Line

Gift of J. T. Clarke