During the Classical period, figures of horses were primarily religious in nature. Bronze horses or horse-and-rider groups were typically placed on the tops of columns set up at sanctuaries by the animal's owner in commemoration of one or more victories in the horse races held at the Panhellenic sanctuaries in Greece. This practice was continued by the Romans, but smaller figures began to be produced that were used to decorate private homes. For another bronze horse, see acc. no. 2000.523 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.