Bronze statuette of a rider wearing an elephant skin, Bronze, Greek

Bronze statuette of a rider wearing an elephant skin

3rd century B.C.
9 3/4in. (24.8cm)
Credit Line:
Edith Perry Chapman Fund, 1955
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 163
As Alexander the Great is represented with a similar elephant skin on coins minted by Ptolemy I of Egypt, this statuette may represent Alexander as ruler of Egypt. This figure has also been identified as Demetrios I of Bactria, who is represented on coins wearing the scalp of an elephant in recognition of his conquests in India. Its monumental quality may signify that it reflects a famous large-scale equestrian statue.
Said to be from Athribis in the Nile Delta, Egypt

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