One of our favourite pieces! This lovely, elegant composition has a number of interesting and symbolic decorative features.
The horse, itself archaic in style, is embellished with a kerykeion, a boukranion, and a tripod.
The kerykeion was the special wand, topped with a figure 8 shape, which was carried by Hermes who, among other things, was the god of transitions.
The boukranion, or skull of an ox, is enclosed in a roundel on the flank of the horse.
The tripod sits on the 'connection' between the horse and the chariot, which you can see in the image below. Tripods were often awarded as symbols of achievement or status, and in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey were also a token of friendship between host and guest.
The chariot itself is decorated with a head of the Gorgon Medusa as shown above. The head of Medusa was often used either as an apotropaic symbol to ward off evil, and as a means of terrifying an opponent in war.
It has been cast for us in Greece, using the traditional 'lost wax' method. As nothing is mass-produced, please allow for inevitable minor variations in patination, pitting, and colouring.
Read more about the horse in ancient Greece in insights on our WordPress site.
|dimensions||Height: 18cm Length: 19cm Depth from wheel to wheel: 12cm|
bronze horse and chariot
- Code: BA-22
- Status: In Stock
- excl tax: £145.83