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Statuette of a Horse

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.


750-730 BCE



About this artwork

This small statuette was created in Greece around the time of the first Olympic games (776 BCE). It was made as
a 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 animal’s essence.


On View, Gallery 151


Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Greek


Statuette of a Horse

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750 BCE–730 BCE




9.2 × 8.2 × 2.6 cm (3 5/8 × 3 1/4 × 1 in.)

Credit Line

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

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