Bronze horse

Period: Geometric

Date: 8th century B.C.

Culture: Greek

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: H.: 6 15/16 x 5 1/4 x 1 3/8 in. (17.6 x 13.3 x 3.5 cm)

Classification: Bronzes

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1921

Accession Number: 21.88.24


The clarity and elegance of form in Greek Geometric art is as effective in three-dimensional sculpture as it is in vase painting. Small-scale bronzes, such as this horse, were produced in workshops throughout the Greek mainland and represent the most innovative sculptural achievements of the period.
This solid-cast bronze horse exemplifies Geometric art at its best. The flat parts of the neck and legs are carefully integrated with the cylindrical muzzle and body of the animal. The base, articulated with triangular patterns suggesting a rocky terrain, further contributes a sense of volume and lends definition to the space occupied by the figure. Freestanding figures of animals, such as this one, were often dedicated in Greek sanctuaries.