Eastern Greek / Thracian, ca. 4th century BCE. Finely hammered and modeled in repousse, a beautiful diadem or plaquette comprised of a copper silver alloy and presenting an impressive icongraphic/decorative program featuring a mounted warrior on horseback at the center flanked by four goddesses who hold cornucopias as well as a seated nursing female at either end. All is surrounded by a beaded border. Scholars believe this riding hero to be the main deity of Ancient Thrace who did not appear to have a name, but instead is referred to as a Thracian Horseman, Thracian Rider or Thracian Hero. The Thracian horseman symbolized victory and strength . Given this, the individual for whom it was created must have been quite important. Metal composition: 57.74% copper, 31.93% silver, 9.22% zinc, less than 1% lead, less than 1% gold Size: 5.5" W x 1.6" H (14 cm x 4.1 cm); 1.6" H (4.1 cm) on included custom stand.
A widespread cult of gods or heroes who appeared as hunters or riders on horseback existed from about 1000 BCE. In addition to the Thracian Rider, other examples include the Greek Dioscuri, Castor and Pollux, the Romano-Celtic Jupiter Taranis and the Danubian rider-gods. A superb example that includes this wondrous mythological figure surrounded by goddesses!
Published: J. Eisenberg "Art of the Ancient World" Volume IX (1997) no. 133. Also, on loan to Ball State University Art Museum, George Mason University, Fitchburg Art Museum, 1997-2016.
Provenance: ex-K.D. Collection, Linden, Michigan, USA; acquired from Royal Athena in November 1986. Published: J. Eisneberg "Art of the Ancient World Volume IX (1997) no. 133. On loan to Ball State University Art Museum, George Mason University, Fitchburg Art Museum, 1997-2016.
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Cannot be weighed as it is attached to the stand with a strong adhesive. Slight bending to form as shown, with a few small tears to edges, notably one on the left side (facing) that has been repaired. Otherwise quite nice and motifs are very clear.