Cypriot large terracotta horse: Archaic I (750-600 BC)

large terracotta horse

An unusual large, heavy, terracotta, early-Archaic horse with harness and trappings, long mane and long tail.  It may have been a votive offering. The body is hollow with an opening at the front, reminding me of the so-called hole-mouth bulls of the Middle Bronze Age, which had a similar hole below in the upper chest.  such holes in animal figurines are usually described as a vent holes, but the size of the hole suggests it had another use, possibly to contain a dedication.  The object may have been a votive offering.   There are faded black-stripe decorations.  For a similar, slightly later example cf. V Karageorghis, "Cypriot Antiquities in the Pierides Collection, Athens, 1973, p145, no.91.  Also cf RDAC 1978.

A rolled note inside says "RDAC 1978 plate XLVIII No196 Kasaphani, Cypriot Archaic" Kasaphani presumably being the find site of that piece

Size: 19.5cm high x 17.5cm

(Ex Anonymous sale; Christies auction, London, 11 December 1974, lot 175. Subsequently Desmond Morris collection, Oxford, acquired at the above sale.)

(Aquired Bonhams auction, London, 3rd July 2019, lot 15)

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