Statuette of a Horse (Primary Title)

Unknown, Chinese, ca. 1900-1500 (Artist)

mid-8th century B.C.
Greek
copper alloy
Greece
Overall: 1 7/8 × 2 1/8 × 3/8 in. (4.763 × 5.398 × 0.953 cm)
56.27.1
Horses were the most common bronze dedications to the gods during the Geometric period, in part because they were symbols of the aristocracy (called hippeis, knights), who had the resources to maintain actual horses. Based on comparisons with other examples, this horse is thought to have been made in the region of Elis, where the first Olympic Games were held in 776 BC.
Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
"The Horse in Ancient Greek Art," National Sporting Library and Museum, Middleburg, VA, September 7, 2017 – January 14, 2018; VMFA, February 17 – July 8, 2018

"Idea into Image: Sculpture", Artmobile exhibition, September 1975 - May 1977

J.-L. Zimmermann, Les chevaux de bronze dans l’art geometrique grec, Geneva, 1989, pp. 71, 80, no. 172, pl. 14.
Ancient Art in the Virginia Museum, VMFA. Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1973: cat. no. 79, p. 67, ill.
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