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    12 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 14

    A GREEK BRONZE HORSE

    GEOMETRIC PERIOD, CIRCA 8TH CENTURY B.C.

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    A GREEK BRONZE HORSE
    GEOMETRIC PERIOD, CIRCA 8TH CENTURY B.C.
    Standing four-square, its legs and tail joined to an openwork integral plinth perforated with triangles, the stylized stallion with a narrow tubular body curving up to the croup, with bulging haunches and a thin elongated tail and legs, the knee joints pronounced, the thin neck with a sharp broad mane crest, the head with upturned ears, a pointed poll and a long cylindrical muzzle, with incised bands along the neck and legs, the genitalia articulated
    3 11/16 in. (9.4 cm.) high


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    Small bronze horses were one of the most common votive dedications at Greek sanctuaries during the Geometric period. As horses were expensive to maintain, they were associated with the wealthy elite of society (see p. 170 in J.J. Herrmann and C. Kondoleon, Games for the Gods, The Greek Athlete and the Olympic Spirit). There is considerable regional variation in the style of these horses. The example presented here most closely resembles horses from Corinth (see for example nos. 27 & 29 in J.-L. Zimmermann, Les Chevaux de Bronze dans L'Art Geometrique Grec).

    Provenance

    Art Market, Paris, prior to 1966.
    Private Collection, Japan.
    with Kojiro Ishiguro (1916-1992), Tokyo, prior to 1976.
    Private Collection, Japan, acquired from the above, 1980s.
    Acquired by the current owner from the above, 2015.


    Literature

    U. Ryuzaburo and M. Fukumatsu, Kobijutsu 10 - Masterpieces for Appreciation, Sanshaisha, 1965, pp. 103-104.
    "Bi no Bi," Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Tokyo, 4 March 1966, Tokyo, p. 16.
    I. Kojiro, ed., "Furuku Utsukushiki mono," Ancient Art 1 - Mr. & Mrs. Ishiguro Collection, Mikazuki, 1976, no. 241.