c. 520-510 BC
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Overall: 0.9 cm (3/8 in.)
Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1915.533.c
Find spot: Necropolis of Ferentum (Viterbo)
Greek horsemen often muzzled their horses to prevent biting.
This small fragment preserves part of a harnessing scene. At left is part of the muzzled head of a horse, guided by a red-bearded satyr wearing a wreath. Before him are the hands of a charioteer—perhaps Dionysos—holding reins and a goad, with a branch in the background. The unfinished interior identifies this as part of a closed vessel, likely a neck-amphora.
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