Rare centaur-like creature with a female torso merged to an equid body.
The woman wears a veil, her head was taken from a mold and shows delicate features. She is holding/playing a large tambourine covered with red pigment. Short red stripes along the body.
The equid body standing four-square.
The figure stands in the tradition of the so called ‘Persian Rider’ type characteristic of the Achaemenid Period in Syria.
The Persian Achaemenid empire lasted from 550 BC until its defeat by Alexander the Great in 330 BC.
For a closely related horseman holding a tambourine, cf. item no. 378 in: P.R.S. Moorey. Ancient Near Eastern Terracottas. Oxford 2005.
Near Eastern, Achaemenid Period, 4rd/3rd century BC
H. 10.8 cm (4.3 in)
Rare and fine. Right arm and edge of the tambourine chipped. Tiny dent on one cheek.
Ex Swiss private collection A.R., Zug, prior 2005.
The authenticity of the object is unconditionally guaranteed.