The jokey of Artemision or The small dragoon of Artemision

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ipaias artemisiou 03This is the grandest cast horse statue with a rider that has been saved since antiquity. It was retracted in pieces from an ancient shipwreck and has been supplemented at the tail and center. 

On its right hip, there is an engraved shape of Nike, holding a wreath in her raised arms, a stamp common on purebred horses in ancient times. The motion and the anatomy of the horse is depicted realistically. The rider is young and small of stature, and his features are that of a negro. The small and harsh appearance of the dragoon is opposite to that of proud, grand animal. Its head is turned toward the left and the hair is messy. He is wearing sandals and a tunic that is moving with the wind, while in his left hand he holds the reins and in his right the whip. This statue is by an unknown artist but must have been dedicated to some significant temple.

 

 

Information

Dating:                  Hellenistic period, around 140 BC
Site of Findings:
  Artemisio, Sea area around the Cape of Artemisio, North Evia
Dimensions:
         length: 2,90 m., Height: 2,10 μ.
Material:
               Bronze
Hosting:
                Βeing held at the National Archeological Museum in Athens

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