Artist unknown / Horse / 8th century B.C.Artist unknown
8th century B.C.

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Greek
Creator Role: Sculptor
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Horse
View: Side
Creation Start Date: -79
Creation End Date: -70
Creation Date: 8th century B.C.
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Bronze
Materials and Techniques: bronze
Dimensions: H.3-3/4 x W.3-3/4 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 69.35
Credit Line: The Putnam Dana McMillan Fund

Bronze figurines of humans, birds and animals constitute the earliest form of freestanding Greek sculpture. This diminutive horse, found at Olympia, may have been dedicated as a votive offering in the sanctuary there. Horse votives were also common burial items in early Greek tombs, due to the belief that they symbolically conveyed dead men's souls to the eternal sphere.

With its stylized mane and funnel head, this horse typifies the "geometric" style. Its anatomical structure is radically simplified, including only minimal indications of naturalistic details. The total effect depends on the flowing contours of the nearly abstract forms. The pierced design on the base suggests that the object served as a seal.

AMICA ID: MIA_.69.35
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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