About This Artwork

Greek

Statuette of a Horse, 750/730 BC

Bronze
9.2 x 8.2 x 2.6 cm (3.6 x 3.2 x 1 in.)

Katherine K. Adler, Costa A. Pandaleon Greek Memorial, and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Alexander Classical Endowment, James H. Allan and Christopher D. Allan funds, 2016.193

This small statuette was created in Greece around the time of the first Olympic games. It was made as a devotional gift for a god and was probably deposited at a religious site. Devotional gifts took many forms, but statuettes of horses were especially popular because the creatures were symbols of affluence. Following the stylistic preference of the time, the sculptor used a few simple shapes to capture the essence of his subject.




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