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Statuette of a horse (4894)

Statuette of a horse (4894)

The statuette depicts a horse, found in a fragmentary state and extensively restored in the eighteenth century, rearing up on its front hooves. The forelock of horsehair between the ears is fastened by a ribbon, following the custom widely used in the Greek world, also known from the literary sources. The rest of the mane is cut into brush-like hairs along the neck, with a single free lock along the back to provide a handhold for the riders in addition to the reins. There are no traces of the original harnessings: originally, and at the moment of discovery, it would seem that the horse had a chamfron decorated with silver bosses and rosettes. There is a modern support in the form of a rudder on the horse’s belly. Found together with the famous bronze statuette of Alexander on horseback also kept in the Archaeological Museum of Naples (inv. 4996), it could be the riderless copy of one of the statues of the companions of the Macedonian leader in the monumental statuary group made by Lysippus to commemorate the cavalrymen who fell during the battle of the Granicus river (334 B.C.).

Further information
Codici (Label is not translated)
  Ente_competente: Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici delle Province di Napoli e Caserta
  SGTI: cavallo
Localizzazione_geografico-amministrativa (Label is not translated)
  PVCS: Italia
  regione: CAMPANIA
  provincia: Napoli
  comune: Napoli
  LDCT: palazzo
  Name: Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
  Indirizzo: Piazza Museo, 19 - 80135
  LDCM: Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
  Location: First floor, Room LXXXIX, display case 10, no. 2
Dati_patrimoniali (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: 4894
  INVD: 1863 post
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  MISU: cm.
  Height: 47.5
  Length: 45
Dati_analitici (Label is not translated)
  Inscriptions - text:

Condizione_giuridica_e_vincoli (Label is not translated)
  CDGG: proprietà Stato
Fonti_e_documenti_di_riferimento (Label is not translated)

Antichità di Ercolano 1771, p. 251, tav. LXV; Ruesch 1488; Moreno 1987b, p. 80; Collezioni Museo 1989, I,2, n. 217, pp. 140-141; Alessandro Magno 1995, n. 28, p. 236 e bibliografia; Lisippo 1995, n. 4.18.3, p. 155 and bibliography.