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A segment from a rare Roman Thracian marble funerary Stela depicting "Hero" the Romano-Balkan Diety in the form of a Thracian Horseman, SOLD
A segment from a rare Roman Thracian marble funerary Stela depicting
A segment from a rare Roman Thracian marble funerary Stela depicting A segment from a rare Roman Thracian marble funerary Stela depicting A segment from a rare Roman Thracian marble funerary Stela depicting A segment from a rare Roman Thracian marble funerary Stela depicting
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c.1st/2nd Century A.D. A major segment from a rare Roman Thracian marble funerary stela depicting a Thracian Horseman, collected in the 1970's and from an old German collection. A “D-shaped” marble stele featuring the upper part of a carved scene in high relief depicting a horseman on a galloping horse, short cloak over his left shoulder, right arm raised holding a spear (and as per complete examples accompanied by a hunting dog running alongside). [The Thracian Horseman is the conventional term for a recurring motif from the iconography of Paleo-Balkanic mythology during the Roman era, believed to have been supreme deity of Ancient Thrace; he is usually depicted on funeral statues as a horseman slaying a beast with a spear. The Iconography of the Antique Hero in the Balkan Area was a widespread cult from about 1000 BC of gods or heroes who appeared as hunters or riders on horseback. The main god of Thrace was a rider-god who was extremely popular in the Roman period and who appears to have had no name but was referred to only as the “Hero”.] Some surface wear and damage as per photos but otherwise good and carved design of "Hero" still bold and clear, a rare and interesting Roman European piece, supplied with a plastic display stand, [slightly higher postage on this item due to its weight], segment 165mm wide x 110mm high x 33mm thick.