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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

SKU: BA-22
  • dimensions

    Height: 18cm Length: 19cm Depth from wheel to wheel: 12cm
  • more about horses

    Symbol of wealth and status. Horses were integral to a thriving economy, and an essential part of victorious warfare.

    Figurines have been found in abundance in ancient Greek religious sanctuaries, where they would have been sold to visitors to leave as offerings to the gods.

  • about the bronze collection

    The bronze pieces are cast in Greece using the traditional lost wax method. As nothing is mass-produced, there will inevitably be slight variations in texture, patina, and colour. No two pieces are ever the same. If mounted on a marble base, it will be a black or very dark grey base. There may be a variation of some millimetres in the dimensions of the base from time to time.

    It's All Greek is proud to have been working with the Semitekolo family foundry since 1999. It has been a privilege to handle these gorgeous pieces and to sell them to customers all over the world.

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