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4464 : Grave relief. Pentelic marble. Ethiopian groom attempts to restrain a horse

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Found near Larisis railway station, Athens. Two slabs joined together.
At the right edge a young Ethiopian groom attempts to restrain a large horse
covered with a panther skin. He holds a whip in his raised right hand and the
reins in his left.
Above the back of the horse there is an impression in the shape of a
Macedonian helment.
The prominence given to the horse suggests that the owner of the monument
which has the form of a naiskosm was a military man.
The representation will have benn completed by other figures, either in
relief or carved in the round, possibly the warrior and his young servant
carrying his equipment.
The relief is thought to have belonged to a funerary monument and has been
dated to the late 4th cent. B.C. However, according to another view, it is a
Classicising work of the 1st. cent. B.C., executed in hornour of a ruler,
possibly Mithidates, king of Pontos.

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