|ROMAN BRONZE THRACIAN APOLLO RIDING A GALLOPING HORSE
Nude, he wears a radiate headdress and an arrow quiver on his back, its strap across his chest. In his right hand he holds a phiale. In fine style.
2nd-3rd Century AD
H. 2 1/2 in. (6.5 cm.)
Ex J.M.E. collection, New York, acquired in Munich, June 2005.
Apollo on horseback was a popular theme in Thracian sculpture and it was the custom to adapt Greek gods into local contexts such as this adaptation of the ‘Thracian rider’.
Cf. L. Ogneneove-Marinova, Statuettes en bronze du musee national archeologique a Sofia, 1975, no. 17 ff.