Thracian Silver Conical Bowl with Horseman
Type - Silver cup
Size - 5,4 x 6,1 in (13,5 x 15,7 cm)
Medium - Silver
Year - Circa 1st Century B.C.
Condition - Complete, with some repair and minor restoration, comes with a custom base display stand.
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About the piece
This example features a gilt image of a horseman. The deep bowl is based on a popular Hellenistic form and has a slightly flaring rim. The repousse decoration, however, is a characteristic Thracian feature and depicts a stylized image of a horseman.
The man is bearded and shows frontally, virtually on top his horse who seems to gallop with the front hoofs raised. A great deal of relief patterning is evident on both rider and horse, while the surface is further animated through extensive incision work, particularly lines of stippling which surround the pictorial composition. The entire image is gilt so it stands out from the background of the cup, a favorite Thracian stylistic convention. A very scarce type of vessel.
Cf. Ivan Marazov et al., Ancient Gold: The Wealth of the Thracians, cat. no. 202, p. 236, also illustrated in I Traci (Milan, 1989), cat. no. 208/4, pp. 258 and 265. The Thracians were a group of Indo-European tribes that inhabited a large area in central and southeastern Europe. They were regarded by other people as barbarians, bloodthirsty and ferocious. A notable cult attested to the Thracians is that of the ""Thracian Horseman"", also known as the ""Thracian Heros"", attested by the Thracian name as Heros Karabasmos, a god of the underworld usually depicted on funeral statues as a horseman slaying a beast with a spear. Ex- European art market; German private collection collected in the 1990s. All of our items are guaranteed authentic and as described. We include a COA with each piece.