This lovely, elegant composition has a number of interesting and symbolic decorative features.
The horse, itself archaic in style, is embellished with a kerykeion, a boukranion, and a tripod.
The kerykeion was the special wand, topped with a figure 8 shape, which was carried by Hermes who, among other things, was the god of transitions.
The boukranion, or skull of an ox, is enclosed in a roundel on the flank of the horse.
The tripod sits on the 'connection' between the horse and the chariot, which you can see in the image below.
The chariot itself is decorated with a head of the Gorgon Medusa as shown above. The head of Medusa was often used either as an apotropaic symbol to ward off evil, and as a means of terrifying an opponent in war.
bronze horse and chariot
- Height: 18cm Length: 19cm Depth from wheel to wheel: 12cm