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Terracotta relief of a horseman

Period:
Late Classical
Date:
4th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian, Tarentine
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
11 x 7 1/4 in. (27.9 x 18.4 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1910
Accession Number:
10.210.56
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Among the established types of Tarentine terracottas is that of the mounted horseman. In this example, he is nude, carries a small round shield, and wears an elaborate headdress as is often found on the equally characteristic type of the reclining banqueter. The identities of both the horsemen and the banqueters remain unclear, as does the possibility of a connection between the two.
Said to be from Tarentum (Taranto)

Kingsley, Bonnie M. 1979. "The Reclining Heroes of Taras and Their Cult." California Studies in Classical Antiquity, 12: p. 215 n. 45, pl. 2, 8.

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