A Geometric Horse
H: 11 cm, Base: 7 cm (4.3 x 2.8 in.)
The horse dates from the Geometric Period, 10th to 8th century B.C. The era was a time of great cultural advancement: Homer and the rise of epic poetry and the development of the visual arts. Bronze figurines were produced, depicting people, animals and birds. Representations of horses are among the most frequently depicted animals. A great number of bronze horses such as this one were used as votive offerings in temples and sanctuaries. This small, stylized, and charming horse is standing upright with his head proudly raised. His chest and neck reveal his power and his head is delicately modeled in great detail.