An exceptionally refined piece, this tripod may reflect the influence of Assyrian art, with its great man-animal sculptures. This creature has the head and forelegs of a horse, but the forelegs are drawn up so as to suggest they are the arms of the rest of the figure, which is generally human in form, though with animal hocks and tail. The figure is ithyphallic and has a three-ring necklace, two-ring anklets, and a two-ring tail band as ornaments, and it supports a tripod-shaped structure on its head. Cross-hatching defines the figure's hide or skin. The whole figure was presumably part of a set supporting a larger bronze tripod. Although vase and tripod supports in the shape of animals are common, this particular figure is unusual, possibly unique. The work is an exceptionally fine piece of lost-wax casting with cold-worked ornament on the surface.
Anne R. Bromberg, and Karl Kilinski II, _Gods, Men, and Heroes: Ancient Art at the Dallas Museum of Art_. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1996. 38.