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Horse with Incised Mane
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Horse with Incised Mane

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Description The broad stance, bent rear legs, and extended tail of this miniature bronze horse give this small sculpture a sense of motion. While the rest of the body is smooth, the horse's mane is indicated by a series of short, incised lines in a chevron pattern; zig-zag patterns are inscribed on each cheek. The eyes are deeply recessed and may have once been inlaid with another material. Horse figurines were popular votive offerings, found at almost every known Geometric period sanctuary in Arcadia. The high cost of maintaining horses made them status symbols that indicated the wealth and high social standing of their dedicators.
Date Description Narrative
  • From Pasture to Polis: Art in the Age of Homer. Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri - Columbia, Columbia. 1993.
  • The Allure of Bronze. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
  • Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; San Diego Museum Of Art, San Diego; Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA), New York. 2009-2011.
Provenance Mr. E. S. David, Long Island City, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1954, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1954

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ca. 750-725 BCE (Late Geometric)
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H: 1 5/8 x W: 2 3/4 x D: 9/16 in. (4.2 x 7 x 1.4 cm) mount: H: 1 x W: 2 1/2 x D: 2 in. (2.6 x 6.4 x 5.1 cm)


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