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Bactrian Bronze Sculpture of a Horse - FZ.089
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 400 BC to 200 BC
Dimensions: 2.75" (7.0cm) high x 3.25" (8.3cm) wide
Catalogue: V1
Collection: Near Eastern
Medium: Bronze

Location: United States
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In many ancient societies, the horse was a mark of status: the possession of such an animal to ride into battle gave one a higher standing in civic affairs. It was also an animal much favored by the gods, especially Poseidon, lord of the ocean and bringer of earthquakes (which were thought to resemble a thundering herd of horses). This forceful, stylized votive bronze seems to capture the very essence of the creature and to convey its importance as an offering to the gods. - (FZ.089)


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