Clay model of a chariot

Material: Clay
Provenance: Cyprus
Date: About 600 BC
Dimensions: «eight: 17,5 cm., length of surface: 16 cm., width: 12,5 cm.
Exhibition place: Room 64, inv. no. 17376.

Clay model of a chariot, with a charioteer and two warriors. It was possibly used as a toy.

One of the figures, the charioteer, stretches out his hands and clasps the reins made of rope or wire (not preserved). The other two figures probably represent warriors. The chariot preserves red and black paint, while traces of red paint are also seen on the bodies of the horses.

Miniature chariot models are quite popular in both the Cypriot and the Phoenician art. The specific example belongs to a type with cast figures' and horses' heads. These models date to the early 6th cent. BC and may have been used a toys.

¬ibliography: Karagiorghis, V., Ancient Cypriot Art in the National Archaeological Museum A.G. Leventis Foundation, Kapon editions, 2003, 90-91.

 
 
 
 
 
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