Anatolia, Hittite, ca. 1250 BCE. A superb cast bronze horse and rider, the two figures cast separately and both boasting remarkable qualities. The rider is presented with outspread legs making it possible for him to sit upon his steed. He holds his left arm out as if to hold the reins and raises his right arm, this hand brandishing a weapon. The warrior faces front with recessed circular eyes, a nose suggested by the negative space between them, and a magnificent, tall, tiered headdress pointing to the skies above into a pin. His noble steed is beautifully depicted with a sense of motion - note how his front right leg is raised from the integral plinth. In addition, the equine's mane is delineated with incised diagonal striations and his muzzle and tail end are skillfully modeled. Size: 6.5" H (16.5 cm); 7.5" H (19 cm) on included custom stand.
Horse and riders like these were possibly made for ritual use, perhaps to pray for the health and well-being of horses or the rider's protection. They serve as special reminders of the horse's significance to early human civilizations. After all, these equine friends made it more possible to transport goods, set warriors in motion, and communicate between and within cultures across great distances.
Exhibited at Faustus Gallery, London in exhibition entitled, "The Horse in Ancient Art" . Tag states it was authenticated by Jack Ogden, Christmas, 1990.
Provenance: private Vero Beach, Florida, USA collection, acquired Christmas, 1990 - This piece was exhibited in "The Horse in Ancient Art" - Faustus Gallery, London, UK - authenticated by Jack Ogden,
All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.
A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.
We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.