Marble statue from the Mausoleum of Halikarnassos. It represents a Persian rider on large scale. This statue is poor condition. A rider sits easily on his horse, which prances. The horse’s right hindleg is set forward. Both forelegs are raised and stretched out in the air. The body is broad and powerful, musculation massive and somewhat accentuated. There are prominent veins on the lower flanks. The horse’s hindlegs, some of his hindquarters, tail, both forelegs except for its upper forearms, neck and head are missing. The rider grips the flanks with his knees and bends his lower legs back. His left hand, which is held close to the waist, probably held the reins. Metal reins were attached in drill-holes. The rider wears a belted Persian or Asiatic costume, a tunic and trousers. The garment appears to blow back in the wind as the rider speeds along. The rider’s left leg, both feet and upper body above the waist are missing. The statue is reconstructed from several fragments. Traces of paint remain. The rider was probably part of a free-standing group, perhaps set against a wall.
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