Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Terracotta horse and rider

Early Cypro-Archaic II
ca. 600 B.C.
Terracotta; hand-made
H. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
The rider here is a warrior equipped with crested helmet and shield. The horse has a topknot, thick tail, and tasseled frontlet on its chest. These features are characteristic of the horses from Kourion that have been found in great number at the sanctuary of Apollo Hylates. Warrior iconography was particularly suitable for a male divinity.
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Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2093, p. 344, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

McClees, Helen. 1920. "Greek Votive Offerings." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 15(2): p. 37, fig. 2.

Myres, John L. 1933. "The Amathus Bowl: A long-Lost Masterpiece of Oriental Engraving." The Journal of Hellenic Studies, 53(1): p. 35, n. 26, p. 36, n. 32.

Burr, Dorothy and Dorothy J. Thompson. 1933. "A Geometric House and a Proto-Attic Votive Deposit." Hesperia, 2(4): no. 302, p. 616.

Crouwel, Joost H. and Veronica Tatton-Brown. 1988. "Ridden Horses in Iron Age Cyprus." Report of the Department of Antiquities Cyprus (RDAC), : p. 82, pl. XXVI.3.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 1995. The Coroplastic Art of Ancient Cyprus, Vol. 4. no. II(i)b.16, pp. 73-4, pl. XXXVII.2, Nicosia: Foundation Anasatasios G. Leventis.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 244, p. 153, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2016. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Terracottas. no. 101, pp. 61–62, 256, Online Publication, [CD-Rom 2004], New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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