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Head of a Horse
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Head of a Horse


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Description Originally part of a large equestrian monument, this head allows us to imagine what was a common sight for the ancient viewer: imposing public statuary that embodied the civic values of imperial Rome. Military officials were often depicted on horseback, and the rider that was represented on the monument was likely a member of the imperial family. Such statues contained large amounts of bronze, and most were melted down for reuse in weapons and other implements in later times of crisis.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
7/20/1970Treatmentcleaned
1/16/1974Treatmentcleaned; coated; other
7/21/1995Examinationother
7/21/1995Treatmentother
Exhibitions
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
  • The Taste of Maryland: Art Collecting in Maryland 1800-1934. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984.
  • The Allure of Bronze. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
  • Fire of Hephaistos: Large Classical Bronzes from North American Collections. Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo; Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa. 1996.
  • Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001.
Provenance Casteleone de Suasa (?) [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; D. Emmanuele Ruspoli, Rome (?) [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902

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Period
ca. AD 40 (Julio-Claudian)
Medium
gilt bronze
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.759
Measurements
H: 24 x W: 17 15/16 x D: 7 in. (61 x 45.6 x 17.8 cm)
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