Geometric Statuette of a Horse

Unknown750–700 B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

A solid cast bronze horse stands on a rectangular base, which has a projection at one end to support the tail. The abstracted rendering of the animal's anatomy, with elongated legs, narrow midsection, and broad angular neck, are characteristic of representations of horses in the Greek Geometric period (900-700 B.C.).

Statuettes of horses served as votive dedications in Greek sanctuaries, signifying the social status of their donors. Because they required extensive land and upkeep, horses were expensive to own and became symbols of wealth and power. In the late 700s B.C., such small bronze statuettes were produced in a number of Greek cities. The cylindrical nose and openwork base of this example are characteristic of the Spartan style.


  • Title: Geometric Statuette of a Horse
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 750–700 B.C.
  • Location Created: Greece
  • Physical Dimensions: 7.9 × 3.5 × 5.5 cm (3 1/8 × 1 3/8 × 2 3/16 in.)
  • Type: Fauna
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Bronze
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 85.AB.445
  • Culture: Greek
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California, Gift of Robert A. Kagan
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Sculpture (Visual Works)

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