Horse-and-rider figurine


  • Title

    Horse-and-rider figurine

  • Associated place

    Turkey (find spot)
  • Date

  • Material and technique

    terracotta, hand-modelled

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    13.5 cm (height)
    5.2 cm (width)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Presented by Sir Leonard Woolley and T.E. Lawrence, 1914.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department


  • Accession no.


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  • Catalogue text

    Handmodelled; baked; buff core, cream slip; repaired; the animal has slightly curved legs and a short tail curved round; the schematically modelled, legless rider is shown riding far forward grasping the animal's neck tightly with his arms; pinched nose and applied pellet eyes; pointed cap or helmet with prominent brow band decorated with three pellets. The horse is snub-nosed with an applied pellet on the end of the head; applied eyes and brow tuft; pointed ears (one damaged); and modelled mane in place before the rider was added; applied bands and disks across the lower neck and chest and bands on the upper forelegs.

    In: Moorey, P. R. S., Ancient Near Eastern Terracottas (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005)

Further reading

Moorey, P. R. S., Ancient Near Eastern Terracottas (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005), 369, p.230, illus. p.230

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