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Bronze statuette of a horse

ca. 2nd century A.D.
Overall: 6 3/4 x 2 7/8 x 9 1/2in. (17.1 x 7.3 x 24.1cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Gruss, 2000
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
The fine delineation of the horse’s musculature, the expressive rendering of its lively movements, and the accurate depiction of the ornate saddle cloth mark this statuette as both a work of high craftsmanship and a historically significant piece that represents an important subject. It was probably made as an equestrian statuette of a Roman emperor or victorious general, and it took similar representations of Alexander the Great as its model.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2001. "One Hundred Thirty-first Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2000 through June 30, 2001." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 131: p. 19.

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