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Limestone reliefs showing two men leading a horse

 

Height: 32.900 cm (D11)
Length: 78.700 cm (D11)
Height: 32.900 cm (D11)
Length: 78.700 cm (D11)

Castellani Collection

GR 1873.8-20.752 (Sculpture D11, D 12)

Room 71: Etruscan world

    Limestone reliefs showing two men leading a horse

    Etruscan, 490-470 BC
    Found at Chiusi, Tuscany, Italy

    Reliefs from a tomb-marker or ash-urn

    This pair of limestone reliefs, which probably come from a tomb-marker (cippus) or cinerary urn (container for the cremated remains of the dead), show a youth with a whip, leading a horse by the reins, with a second man walking behind. The fact that one of the men is carrying a branch may mean that the horse has been victorious in a horse-race, since wreaths and branches were often given to winners in athletic and equestrian events. The same style of relief can be seen on other tomb-markers from Chiusi, also in the British Museum.

    O. Brendel, Etruscan art, Pelican History of Art (Yale University Press, 1995)

    E. Macnamara, The Etruscans-1 (London, The British Museum Press, 1990)

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