The stylized body of this horse recalls the elongated forms of Picasso’s figures, yet this Israelite figurine predates the Spanish master’s work by over 2500 years. The horse’s large mane seems to thrust from its short body, rising to an incredibly detailed head covered in an ancient bridle replicated in miniature.
A sharp tuft of hair is slicked back between two pert ears, while the animal’s brow is lowered into a combative furrow. The mouth is wide and flat while the nostrils are not flared in the slightest, showing the calming touch of the artisan’s hand. This exceptional piece dates from approximately 800 B.C.E. – 600 B.C.E.