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Fragments of a terracotta relief with a rider leading a horse

Period:
Archaic
Date:
6th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Sicilian
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
Overall (A): 11 3/16 x 10 13/16 in. (28.4 x 27.5 cm) Overall (B): 6 3/8 x 5 7/8 in. (16.2 x 14.9 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1924
Accession Number:
24.97.1a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 152
The youth rides one horse, whose head is missing, and leads another by the bridle. The remains of a thumb on the boy's hair indicate that the relief included a second figure. The scene may have represented Troilos, a young Trojan prince who was ambushed and killed by the Greek hero Achilles as he led horses to water.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1925. "Recent Classical Accessions: Early Terracotta Sculptures and Vases." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 20(1): p. 16.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 30, 178, pl. 18f, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981. Aara-Aphlad, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 1. Achilleus, no. 357, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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