Terracotta figurines of a horse and rider are amongst the most abundant of examples in the archaic repertoire. Solid and hand-made, these figures can mostly be dated to the Cypro-Archaic period, falling into two groups. From the Cypro-Archaic I group, formed from 700 BC you see examples that are more refined and elegant, with bowed necks and decorative linear painting. The figures tend to me more primitive and rustic in the Cypro-Archaic II period, dated from 600 BC to 450BC. Examples of such figures have been discovered in a range of poses and styles, each hand-made and expressing the eclectic taste and skills of its maker. The figures were placed in both the sanctuaries of male gods and buried as offerings to the deceased. Like many ancient cultures, horses were a status symbol for the elite.
Cypro-Archaic Terracotta Horse and Rider
A Cypro-archaic terracotta horse and rider group, consisting of a warrior equipped with crested helmet and shield. The male figure displays characteristic facial features, including a prominent nose, protruding chin and hooded eyes. Adjoined to his horse, he is depicted perpendicular, leaning slightly backward and raising his arm, ready to fight his enemy. The sculptor has attempted a stylised mane, with a protruding top-knot and short muzzle. This leads to a typical arched neck and four long legs with rounded ends. The object is covered with a thin layer of earthy encrustation and presents a textured surface with a brownish colour.
This piece is accompanied by a custom made stand.
Provenance: Acquired before 1990, from an old German collection. Ex UK gallery. Property of an English Gentleman.
Condition: Excellent condition, earthly encrustations on the surface. Repair to the left front horse leg.
|Dimensions||L 10 x W 5 x H 14 cm|
Reference: For similar: The British Museum, London, item 1894,1101.37