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Roman Period Terracotta Sculpture of a Horse - P.0457
Origin: Samaria, Israel
Circa: 100 AD to 300 AD
Dimensions: 4.5" (11.4cm) high x 4.875" (12.4cm) wide
Catalogue: V1
Collection: Biblical
Style: Roman Period
Medium: Terracotta

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Almost all the great civilizations of antiquity prized the horse for its usefulness and its nobility. The pharaohs of Egypt, the kings of Persia, Alexander of Macedon, and the emperors of Rome all depict themselves riding in triumph on horses or in chariots. The horse was the favorite animal of Poseidon, god of the sea. This clay version seems somehow more ordinary, a horse of the everyday world, yet no less charming for it. When Rome was at her height, he perhaps contained a votive gift, left to please some long forgotten deity. - (P.0457)

 

 

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