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Horse and Rider Figurine

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1982A979
Collection:Antiquities - Ancient Cyprus
Date:600 BC - 475 BC


Little figures like this were left by worshippers at religious sanctuaries as offerings to the gods. Different types of figures were left at the sanctuaries of the different gods and goddesses.Horsemen figures first became common on Cyprus during the 700s BC. Owning a horse would have been very expensive and it is probable that this kind of figure was left as an offering by nobles who wanted to emphasise how rich and important they were.

Transferred by the Trustees of the Wellcome Trust in accordance with an order of Mr Justice Foster, dated 21 March 1977.

Further Information

Production Period:Iron Age
Place of Origin:Cyprus
Place of Excavation:Cyprus


Height:99 mm