Horses were closely associated with the wealthy, land-owning class that could afford to raise and maintain them. Statues of horses and riders were sometimes offered as dedications at sanctuaries of the gods, such as that of Athena on the Akropolis in Athens and that of Demeter at Eleusis.
Found at Eleusis, Attica
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