ostracon ancient art



Near Eastern Terracotta Horsewoman, 4rd/3rd Century BC

Rare centaur-like creature with a female torso merged to an equid body.

The woman wears a veil, her head was taken from a mold and shows delicate features. She is holding/playing a large tambourine covered with red pigment. Short red stripes along the body.

The figure stands in the tradition of the so called 'Persian Rider' type characteristic of the Achaemenid Period in Syria (Northern Levant). The type does well continue into Parthian times.

Rare and fine. Right arm and edge of the tambourine chipped. Tiny dent on one cheek.

H. 10.8 cm (4.3 in)

Ex Swiss private collection.

680 USD

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