Bronze Horse Figurine

Geometric Period, Greece

Brass with patina
TA 000010
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Bronze horse figurine. Horses are symbols of strength, beauty, and pride. The ancient Greeks used horses in war and chariots, but also in the Olympic games which were necessary for the events. Similar figurines have been found in sanctuaries of the Geometric period. They had a votive character and date from the 8th-6th century. BC. They served as a sign of wealth and generally of the economic and social status of the deceased. Handmade replica in solid brass with natural green patina.

Dimensions:  5 cm x 5,5 cm x 1,5 cm

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Votive bronze and clay figurines of horses and cattle from the 8th c. e.g. from Olympia. They are typical samples of older votives, roughly worked, which had a symbolic meaning. From the Homeric epics we know that the possession of one or more horses, the breeding of which was particularly expensive, indicated aristocratic descent. The ox again, necessary for agricultural work and the transport of large loads, which were done by bullock carts, had become the basic unit of value measurement, while cattle were the largest and most expensive animals that the ancients ate and sacrificed to the gods. The effigies of animals therefore denote the wealth of the giver — or his wish to acquire it.

Ancient Greece
8th - 7th century B.C.
Dimensions (WxHxD):
5 cm x 5,5 cm x 1,5 cm
Gross Weight:
150 gr
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Brass with patina