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)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Gruss, 2000
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.
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