Date: c. 4th Century B.C.
The nude figure stands in front of his horse on an integral plinth and back. The man holds the horse’s reigns in his right hand with a cape hung over his left shoulder. The musculature of the man’s body is well defined with exaggerated hips. Although depicted primarily in a frontal position, there is movement within his body similar to that of an early contrapposto. The horse stands behind the rider and is depicted with delineated pupils, a braided mane and a bridle.
The degree of relief within the carving varies in an attempt to convey perspective. Large amounts of polychrome are present allowing one to visualize what the statue would have looked like in antiquity. This level of polychrome makes this figure extremely valuable from both an aesthetic and art historical point of view.
6.9 x 6.1x 2.1 inches (17.5 x 15.5 x 5.4 cms)
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A common composition in antiquity due to its military connotation and implication of power and strength on the part of the rider, multiple examples and variations of this statue can be found in a variety of contexts and forms. These include but are not limited to bronzes, statues and figures of various media large and funerary stele. Many chose to have themselves depicted in such a way ranging from the extreme elite such as Alexander the Great to the common man.