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A terracotta statuette depicting an integrally modelled horse and rider. Both with applied pellet eyes, the horse with erect ears. Traces of red pigment.


Archaic Greek: Circa 7th-5th Century BC.


Condition: Small chip to the front of the rider's head; otherwise, complete and intact; a few light stony accretions.

Height 9.5 cms (3.75 ins)


Provenance: From a collection acquired on the UK art market from various auction houses and collections mostly before 2000. From an important Cambridgeshire estate; thence by descent.


Literature: Cf. Marantidou, P., Terracotta statues and figurines of Cypriot type found in the Aegean. Provenance studies, Limassol, 2009, pls.XIII, no.SAH69, XXXII, no.CYP50, for the type.


Terracotta figurines of horse and rider were common grave offerings in Boeotia, northwest of Attica, particularly during the 6th century B.C. Representations of warriors on horseback were already widespread in the Geometric Period, and widely used in Cyprus during this period. The rider, although influenced by Cypriot designs, does not show typical Cypriot characteristics.

Archaic Greek terracotta horse and rider statuette

SKU: K333

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