Plaque fragment rider on horsebackOn display
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Plaque fragment rider on horseback
Material and technique
terracotta, mould-made and with cream slip
Dimensions6.2 cm (height)
5 cm (width)
No. of items
Presented by H. Weld-Blundell, 1924.
Museum locationGround floor | Gallery 19 | Ancient Near East
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Fragmentary; rear of an equid with a rider; mouldmade; baked; cream slip on buff fabric; eroded surface; moulding flaw on the man's body; bearded man wearing a rounded cap or turban, riding to the right. Only the body, part of the neck and the rear legs of his mount survive. As neither tail nor mane is preserved the animal's identity is lost; but it is certainly some kind of equid. The rider sits astride in the centre of the animal's back with his legs bent at the knees gripping the beast's flanks. There does not appear to be a girth. His right arm is bent and his clenched right fist rests on the animal's rump; his left arm, bend at the elbow, is raised as if to hold the reins. There is no sign of a stick in his right hand.
In: Moorey, P. R. S., Ancient Near Eastern Terracottas (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005)
Glossary of terms
A semi-fluid clay applied to a ceramic before glazing either to coat the surface or for decorative effect.
Moorey, P. R. S., Ancient Near Eastern Terracottas (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005), 141, p.113, illus. p.113