Bronze statuette of a rider wearing an elephant skin

Period: Hellenistic

Date: 3rd century B.C.

Culture: Greek

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: 9 3/4in. (24.8cm)

Classification: Bronzes

Credit Line: Edith Perry Chapman Fund, 1955

Accession Number: 55.11.11

Description

As Alexander the Great is represented with a similar elephant skin on coins minted by Ptolemy I of Egypt, this statuette may represent Alexander as ruler of Egypt. This figure has also been identified as Demetrios I of Bactria, who is represented on coins wearing the scalp of an elephant in recognition of his conquests in India. Its monumental quality may signify that it reflects a famous large-scale equestrian statue.

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