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Rearing Horse

Romano-Arabian, 2nd century; bronze; 102 × 28 × 106 cm (40 3/16 × 11 × 41 3/4 in.). BZ.1938.12
Rearing Horse

Once a part of an equestrian statue, this bronze horse was discovered in southwestern Arabia. The statue is a testament to the diffusion of Greco-Roman visual culture along the trade routes connecting the Mediterranean Sea with the Indian Ocean. A costly cast-bronze equestrian figure such as this may have depicted an imperial or other elite personage. There is also the possibility that it may have originally been one of a pair of statues of the Roman gods Castor and Pollux.

 

Provenance

Said to have found been south of Sana’a, Yemen. Maurice Nahman (1868–1948), Cairo, until July 1930; purchased from Nahman by Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (inventory P7095); purchased from Brummer by Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss, Washington, DC, February–March 1938; transferred to Harvard University, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Byzantine Collection, Washington, DC, November 1940.

 

Selected Bibliography

A. Jamme, “Inscriptions on the Sabaean Bronze Horse of the Dumbarton Oaks Collection,” Dumbarton Oaks Papers 8 (1954): 317–30.

G. M. A. Richter, Catalogue of Greek and Roman Antiquities in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection (Cambridge, MA, 1956), 26–28, no. 15, plate 10.

B. Fowlkes-Childs and M. Seymour, The World between Empires: Art and Identity in the Ancient Middle East (New York, 2019), 30–31, no. 19.

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