Statuette of a Horse

Statuette of a Horse

750-700 BC

Bronze

Overall: 11.5 x 10 x 2.6 cm (4 1/2 x 3 15/16 x 1 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1998.173

Fun Fact

Look closely at the base of this horse; the triangular shapes are likely an attempt to depict the translucence of water.

Description

This cast bronze horse was produced by a Corinthian workshop. Just over 60 examples are known from this workshop tradition. Among this group, this statuette is one of the most outstanding. At 11.5 centimeters in height, it is also one of the largest Corinthian horses, and is also completely intact. Conceived in profile, the horse's form has been abstracted and balanced in a wonderful proportional harmony that appears strikingly modern. Cast using the lost-wax process, this bronze horse on a perforated stand has balanced proportions and radically stylized formal elements designed for clarity and legibility.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Greek
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Bronze

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