bronze horseman

ANCIENT BRONZE HORSEMAN at the Acropolis Museum

Where: Acropolis Museum
When: Now - 31st March 2017
Why Go: To see a rare sculpture of the Hellenistic period

The torso of an ancient bronze horseman will be on display in the foyer of the Acropolis Museum.

The sculpture is an original artefact from the Hellenistic Period distinguished by the high standard of its artistic quality that was caught in fishing nets south of the island of Kalymnos.

The rider’s leather cuirass features decorative motifs at the lower part and a rosette where the strap of the epaulet was fastened. A double belt, decorated with rhombus shapes, encircles the waist. These belts indicated the rank of the wearer. Special care was given to the way the leather flaps at the bottom of the cuirass open up to allow the adjustment on the horse’s back.

The display coincides with the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities.

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