ROMAN TERRACOTTA HORSE HEAD
Measurements: 9.5 cm – height
Description: A fine Ancient Roman moulded pottery fragment in the shape of a horse’s head. The animal’s facial features, such as eyes, mouth, and hair are finely rendered trough incised lines. Traces of the original white slip still visible.
During the Roman Empire, horses were extremely important for battle, as well as for aspects of everyday life, such as transportation, hunting, farming, and chariot racing. The Romans associated the horse with the spoils of war, connecting it symbolically with power, victory, honour, domination, and virility. In Greco-Roman mythology and culture, the horse was said to have been created by Poseidon (Neptune) and devoted to Hades (Pluto) and Ares (Mars). The Romans also believed the horse to be a symbol of the continuity of life, and would sacrifice a horse to the god Mars every October, keeping its tail through the winter as a sign of fertility and rebirth.
Period: Circa 1st-3rd Century AD
Condition: Fine, original white slip still visible. Repaired to the lower part. Mounted on a custom made stand.