Valued by warriors and hunters, horses represented wealth and prosperity. Many small statuettes similar to this one were placed in temples and shrines as votive offerings. Simplified triangular shapes dominate the overall form of the horse, and circular bulls-eye designs decorate the surface. This kind of pattern-oriented approach is typical of the art of the Geometric period in ancient Greece.
Geometric period, ca. 750–700 BC
H. 3 9/16 in. (9.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 64.109.6