Egyptian / Prancing Horse / ca. 1391-1353 B.C.E.Egyptian
Prancing Horse
ca. 1391-1353 B.C.E.

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Creator Nationality: African; North African; Egyptian
Creator Name-CRT: Egyptian
Title: Prancing Horse
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -139
Creation End Date: -135
Creation Date: ca. 1391-1353 B.C.E.
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Stained ivory, garnet inlay
Dimensions: L. 6 in. (15 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 26.7.1293
Credit Line: Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926

The horse was a relative latecomer to Egypt. It was introduced in the Second Intermediate Period during the Hyksos domination of Northern Egypt (ca. 1667-1570 B.C.), when new elements of warfare, notably the horse and chariot, were brought from the Near East. During the New Kingdom, this animal became a familiar sight and there were many depictions of horses in art, particularly during the Amarna Period.

This small ivory handle of a light whip or fly whisk is carved in the form of a prancing or running horse stained reddish brown with a black mane. The eyes, one of which has fallen out, were inlaid with garnet. The lively carving of this piece, especially the gracefully arched back, typifies the ability of Egyptian artists to evoke the essential qualities of animals. It also exemplifies the fine quality attained in the decorative arts during the reign of Amenhotep III.

AMICA ID: MMA_.26.7.1293
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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