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LOT 0045

Estimate
GBP (£) 1,500 - 2,000
EUR (€) 1,750 - 2,330
USD ($) 1,840 - 2,460

Sold for (Inc. bp): £1,755

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CYPRIOT HORSE AND RIDER FIGURE
8TH-6TH CENTURY B.C.
6 1/8 in. (206 grams, 15.5 cm wide).

A terracotta horse and rider figure modelled in the round, standing on elongated stub legs, stout neck with stylised painted mane and coat detailing, waisted muzzle with raised almond-shaped eyes defined by painted roundels, solid colouring to the muzzle and short tail; rider represented by a torso and D-shaped head, arms reaching for the horse's neck and gripping its mane, painted detailing to the arms, hands and face.

PROVENANCE:
London deceased estate, 1960s-1970s.
Property of a Cambridgeshire, UK, gentleman.
This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by search certificate no.11300-192101.

LITERATURE:
Cf. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession number 74.51.1771, for very similar.

FOOTNOTES:
Terracotta figurines of horse and rider were common grave offerings in Boeotia, northwest of Attica, particularly during the 6th century B.C. Representations of warriors on horseback were already diffused in the Geometric Period, and widely employed in Cyprus, in this same period. The image of our rider, although influenced by Cypriot designs, does not show typical Cypriot characteristics, and indeed his kausia cap suggests a northern Greek origin.

CONDITION