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Rare Greek Terracotta Bull Rider - ex-Royal Athena

Greek sphere of influence, Hellenistic period, possibly from Alexandria, ca. late 4th to 2nd century CE. A mold-made ceramic figure of a youth riding a rearing bull. Traces of polychrome pigment remain on the surface. Since the Late Geometric period, Greek artisans had produced animal and rider terracottas, of which this is a well modeled example. The rider has a full head of wavy hair, wears a himation with especially visible folds around the chest, and holds reins that drape across the animal's powerful neck. The figure may have been intended to be a votive offering or a child's toy. Size: 5.5" W x 6.95" H (14 cm x 17.7 cm)

See a similar figure at the British Museum: http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=3224237&partId=1&searchText=hellenistic+horse+rider&page=1

Condition: Repaired and restored from multiple pieces, with approximately 15% new clay, mostly on the base.

Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-Jay Yamner collection, Brooklyn, New York, USA, acquired at Royal Athena Galleries in New York, USA, inventory number MR1102

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