Figurine of a horse

8th c. BCEsolid cast bronze3 15/16 in. × 1 1/4 in. (10 cm. × 3.1 cm.)

Gift of Edward Perry Warren, Esq., Honorary Degree 1926


The horse is one of the more ubiquitous animals in the ancient Mediterranean world and is frequently depicted on Greek vases. Examples include the black-figure one-handled kantharos and the black-figure krater fragment with horse head. This figurine represents an early point within the broader evolution of the treatment of the animal across a variety of media. Created during the Geometric period, the horse exhibits a more geometric treatment while later horses illustrated on vases appear more detailed and three-dimensional. This preference for a more schematic rendering of animals is present across media produced during the Geometric period such as those on the terracotta pomegranate.

—Brooke Wrubel


Before 1927, collection of Edward Perry Warren; 1927, gifted to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art by Edward Perry Warren.

Edward Perry Warren

A testament to his impact as an influential twentieth-century American antiquities collector, Edward Perry Warren’s (1860–1928, H ’26) name is linked to hundreds of ancient objects housed in institutions across the United States, including more than five hundred works at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art alone.

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