Highly schematized bronze horse with long legs, narrow body and slender tail. The head with an elongated snout, beaded eyes, large ears and a crested mane.
Remains of sheet bronze on the tail and some remnants on one foreleg denote that this might have been the right-hand horse yoked to a small bronze chariot.
For a complete chariot, cf. item no. 216 in: Peter R. S. Moorey. Catalogue of the Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum. Oxford 1971.
The chariots were initially thought to be toys or votive offerings. Recent excavations at Marlik show that the chariots were part of the decoration on very elaborate bronze horse collars.
Northwestern Iran, Amlash/Marlik, late 2nd to early 1st millennium BC
L. 4.9 cm (1.9 in)
H. 3.6 cm (1.4 in)
Fine condition. Intact. Nice surface patina.
Ex Collection of Vincent Funiciello, Brooklyn (NY), 1930s to 1970s. Thence US art market.
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