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Marble head of a horse

Period:
Archaic
Date:
2nd half of 6th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
H. 13 3/8 in. (34 cm) length 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971
Accession Number:
1972.118.106
  • Description

    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.

  • Provenance

    Found at Eleusis, Attica

  • References

    von Bothmer, Dietrich and René d'Harnoncourt. 1950. Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities: An Exhibition from the Collection of Walter Cummings Baker, Esq. New York: Walter Cummings Baker, no. 54, p. 10, pl. 16.

    von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1961. Ancient Art from New York Private Collections: Catalogue of an Exhibition Held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, December, 17, 1959-February 28, 1960. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 107, p. 26, pls. 32-33.

    Thimme, Jürgen. 1976. Kunst und Kultur der Kykladeninseln im 3. Jahrtausend v. Chr.: Ausstellung unter d. Patronat des International Council of Museums ICOM im Karlsruher Schloss vom 25. Juni-10. Oktober 1976. Karlsruhe: Müller, no. 18, p. 33.

    Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1980. The Horses of San Marco: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, February 1-June 1, 1980, New York. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 5, p. 3.

    Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 76, pp. 79, 420.

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