Terracotta Horse and Rider with a Shield

Culture: Greek/Boeotia
Period: 6th century B.C.
Material: Terracotta
Dimensions: 10.8 cm x 9 cm
Price: 2 800 Euro
Ref: 2399
Provenance: From the inventory of the judicially dissolved Parisian gallery La Reine Margot.
Condition: The shield professionally reattached, otherwise intact.
Description: Handmade statuette of a horse and a rider. The animal with straight legs, a long, slightly bent tail and a raised head with a short mane. The rider places his arms on the horse’s neck, he wears a head cover and holds a shield. His face with painted eyes and brows, as well as a large, bulbous nose. With beautiful white, as well as reddish-brown and black color remains. Statues as the present one originate from a period when owning a horse was attributed to a high social ranking. They were found in graves but also temples. A rare depiction with a shield-holding rider. From Boeotia.