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Horse and jockey from the Artemision wreck, left profile

Collection: Athens, National Archaeological Museum
Title: Horse and Jockey from Artemision
Findspot: Found at Cape Artemision (in a shipwreck)
Summary: Young jockey on horse
Object Function: Victory
Material: Bronze
Sculpture Type: Free-standing statue
Category: Single monument
Style: Hellenistic
Technique: Hollow cast
Original or Copy: Original
Date: ca. 300 BC - ca. 100 BC
Dimensions: H. (jockey) 0.84 m; L. (horse) 2.5 m
Scale: Life-size
Region: Euboea
Period: Hellenistic


Subject Description: The jockey, a small negroid boy, hunched on the back of a large gallopping horse, turns his puckered face to the left, as if to shield it from the full force of the wind.

Date Description: As the group was found in a late Hellenistic shipwreck, it is difficult to determine provenance and date. Further, the jockey seems to belong to a later period, stylistically, than the horse.

Condition: Nearly complete

Condition Description: Parts of the body and the tail are restored.

Sources Used: Stewart 1990, 225, 315, figs. 815-16