Jockey of Artemision
This most thrilling cast statue of a horse and its rider was found in fragments in an ancient shipwreck. Part of the horse's tail and belly have been restored. A figure of Nike holding a wreath in her raised hands, a common brand for thoroughbreds in antiquity, is engraved on the animal's right thigh. The horse gallops with tremendous speed; its movement and anatomy are rendered with extreme realism. It is mounted by a very young African boy, whose tiny contorted figure and constricted face contrast with the animal's majestic presence. The boy wears sandals and a short chiton, which is blown back by the wind. He held reigns in his left hand and a whip in his right. The sculpture, whose creator remains unknown, was probably dedicated at an important sanctuary.