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Frieze with Two Riders Racing
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Frieze with Two Riders Racing

500 a.C. - 475 a.C.. Terracotta.
Not on display

Panel from an Italian-Etruscan temple. This piece would have covered the temple’s horizontal wooden wall. As many as one hundred identical reliefs have been found at some locations in Etruria, where they formed friezes up to 60 meters in length. A lack of exact parallels makes it impossible to identify the present plaque’s original location. Made from a single mold, the two figures are represented in the same manner. Some details clearly differ, such as the harness, the quiver with bow and arrows by the rider’s thigh and the skirt tied at his hips. The rider’s long trousers, shoes and tunic were painted and have not survived. The riders, with their caps and long hair follow late-archaic style and iconography while the horses already correspond to the classical equine typology from the first quarter of the fifth century B.C.E., marked by considerable volume.

Technical data

Inventory number
Frieze with Two Riders Racing
500 a.C. - 475 a.C.
Moulded; Terracotta
Height: 29 cm; Width: 70 cm; Base/bottom: 6 cm; Weight: 15.2 Kg
Bequest of Claudio Bravo, 2000

Bibliography +

La donación de Claudio Bravo: veinte esculturas grecorromanas, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2000, pp. 20.

Azcue Brea, Leticia, El origen de las colecciones de escultura del Museo del Prado. El Real Museo de Pintura y Escultura, El taller europeo. Intercambios, influjos y préstamos en escultura moderna europea. I Encuentro europeo de museos con colecciones de escultura, Valladolid, 2012, pp. 73-108.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2603.

Update date: 04-11-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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