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Acropolis horse dedication, from left

Collection: Athens, Acropolis Museum
Title: Forepart of a horse
Context: From Athens, Acropolis
Findspot: Found at Athens, Acropolis
Summary: Horse
Material: Marble
Sculpture Type: Free-standing statue
Category: Single sculpture?
Style: Late Archaic
Date: ca. 525 BC - ca. 500 BC
Dimensions:

H 1.13m

Scale: Under life-size
Region: Attica
Period: Late Archaic


Subject Description:

It has been suggested that this horse was part of a dedication, whether or not as part of a larger group (rider, other horses, charioteer) is unclear. Strictly frontal pose, head lifted alertly, right paw slightly raised, mouth open, holes for horse trappings, thick stylized mane. Poised to move.

Form & Style:

Strictly frontal position and schematized mane characteristic of archaic period, but much focus on sense of movement and alertness through realistic rendering of details: tenseness of muscles, open mouth, slight lifting of right paw.

Condition: Single fragment

Condition Description:

Forepart of horse including legs, broken across trunk.

Material Description:

Parian Marble

Collection History:

Found in 1887 east of Parthenon.

Sources Used:

Brouskari 1974, 130