Horse-and-rider figurineOn display
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Material and technique
terracotta, hand-modelled and with cream slip
Dimensions8.3 cm (width)
10 cm (height)
No. of items
Allocated by the Oxford Field Museum Expedition to Kish, 1925.
Museum locationGround floor | Gallery 19 | Ancient Near East
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Handmodelled; pink core, cream slip; left foreleg and right rear leg missing; the horse's head is featureless save for an upright mane falling forward, between the ears onto the brow; the rider is schematically rendered with a pinched head; flattened arms holding horses neck; seated astride; an applied "side-arm" on the left side represented by an L-shaped piece of clay curled round at the top.
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), 210, p.143, illus. p.143