Ancient Art from the Permanent Collection (March 16, 1999 to May 23, 2004)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 16, 1999 to May 23, 2004
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Horse and Rider
about 550 B.C.
12.7 cm (5 in.)
Thousands of clay figurines like this one survive from the
The rider wears a dotted black
Terracotta figurines were produced throughout Greece, but they were especially popular in certain areas like Boeotia, where this one was made. Horses, with or without riders, were favorite subjects for Boeotian artisans. The figurines were frequently left as burial offerings in graves. Horses were a sign of wealth for the Greeks of this period, and the terracotta horses were probably left to symbolize and to reinforce the high status of the deceased.
Higgins, Reynold. "A Boeotian Horseman," The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 12 (1984), pp. 93-94. figs. 1a-d.
Ostergaard, Jan Stubbe. Terracotta horses and Horsemen of Archaic Boeotia. Acta Hyperborea 3 p. 116, ill. fig. 5.