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Terracotta: AN1913.452

Object: Equid with a covered litter on its back containing a rider

Period: Bronze Age: Early Bronze Age

Dimensions: H: 6.5cm. W: 3.4cm. L: 6.2cm.

Region: Syria

Find Spot: no provenance

Description: handmodelled; baked; cream slip on a buff fabric; one rear leg broken off; the animal is modelled in the round with pinched ears and sharply incised eyes; the head is pierced through horizontally presumably to take the reins, the litter-cover rises directly from the upper legs on each side and is flat at the back; incised herring-bone patterning overall represents the fabric of which it was made; a tiny figure with prominent pinched nose and no other features is set far back inside sitting astride the animal's back; the gender is not apparent.

Reference: Moorey (2004) 246

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