Greek geometric art

Greek geometric bronze - Greek geometric bronze horse
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Greek bronze statuette of two horses, Geometric period, 800-700 B.C. 10 cm high. Private collection

Greek bronze statuette of two horses, Geometric period, 800-700 B.C. 10 cm high. Private collection

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Greek bronze horse on two openwork spheres, Geometric period, 720-690 B.C. Probably a pendant and hung from the waist; possibly a votive hung from the branch of a tree in a sanctuary. Though its use as a rattle has been mentioned, we do not think it likely, since to our knowledge none of the openwork spheres from Central or Northern Greece have ever been found with a ball still inside, 9.9 cm high. George Ortiz collection

Greek bronze horse on two openwork spheres, Geometric period, 720-690 B.C. Probably a pendant and hung from the waist; possibly a votive hung from the branch of a tree in a sanctuary. Though its use as a rattle has been mentioned, we do not think it likely, since to our knowledge none of the openwork spheres from Central or Northern Greece have ever been found with a ball still inside, 9.9 cm high. George Ortiz collection

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Greek bronze knobbed stem with a monkey, Geometric period, late 8th century B.C. These objects appeared in several areas of the Greek peninsula around the late 8th and early 7th century B.C. (Macedonia, Thessaly, Epirus, modern-day Albania, Boeotia, rarely in Laconia) and their meaning remains obscure even if the long accepted hypothesis that interpreted them as jug stoppers is now widely questioned, even refuted, 11 cm high. Private collection

Greek bronze knobbed stem with a monkey, Geometric period, late 8th century B.C. These objects appeared in several areas of the Greek peninsula around the late 8th and early 7th century B.C. (Macedonia, Thessaly, Epirus, modern-day Albania, Boeotia, rarely in Laconia) and their meaning remains obscure even if the long accepted hypothesis that interpreted them as jug stoppers is now widely questioned, even refuted, 11 cm high. Private collection

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Greek bronze horse, Geometric period, mid 8th century B.C. Standing four-square with its legs and tail joined to a shallow openwork integral plinth perforated with triangles, the stylized animal with a narrow tubular body curving up to the croup, with bulging haunches and thin elongated tail and legs, the knee joints bulging, the thin neck with a sharp broad mane crest, the head with short upturned ears, a sharp pointed poll and a long cylindrical muzzle, 8.6 cm high. Private collection

Greek bronze horse, Geometric period, mid 8th century B.C. Standing four-square with its legs and tail joined to a shallow openwork integral plinth perforated with triangles, the stylized animal with a narrow tubular body curving up to the croup, with bulging haunches and thin elongated tail and legs, the knee joints bulging, the thin neck with a sharp broad mane crest, the head with short upturned ears, a sharp pointed poll and a long cylindrical muzzle, 8.6 cm high. Private collection

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Greek geometric bronze goat suckling young, 9th - 8th century B.C. The animal reclines with long body, head looking back over the four kids she feeds, 4.8 cm. Private collection

Greek geometric bronze goat suckling young, 9th - 8th century B.C. The animal reclines with long body, head looking back over the four kids she feeds, 4.8 cm. Private collection

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Greek bronze figure of a horse,  Geometric Period, circa 8th century B.C. Of Corinthian type, of stylized attenuated form standing on an openwork rectangular base, with crested mane, long forward-pointing ears, and cylindrical muzzle, 14.6 cm high. Private collection

Greek bronze figure of a horse, Geometric Period, circa 8th century B.C. Of Corinthian type, of stylized attenuated form standing on an openwork rectangular base, with crested mane, long forward-pointing ears, and cylindrical muzzle, 14.6 cm high. Private collection

Greek bronze female figure seated on bench, Geometric period, end of the 8th century B.C. 7.2 cm high. George Ortiz collection

Greek bronze female figure seated on bench, Geometric period, end of the 8th century B.C. 7.2 cm high. George Ortiz collection

Greek bronze statuette with shepherd, Geometric period, 725 B.C. Probably Laconian, from Pisa near Olympia. A votive offering, recalling Homeric similes involving shepherds and attacking lions, 10.2 cm high. George Ortiz collection

Greek bronze statuette with shepherd, Geometric period, 725 B.C. Probably Laconian, from Pisa near Olympia. A votive offering, recalling Homeric similes involving shepherds and attacking lions, 10.2 cm high. George Ortiz collection

Greek bronze standing figure, Geometric period, 850-750 B.C. Allegedly from Olympia,  Laconian. This votive offering, full of intensity and vivacious in movement, thus represents a mortal, possibly dancing, 7.1 cm high. George Ortiz collection

Greek bronze standing figure, Geometric period, 850-750 B.C. Allegedly from Olympia, Laconian. This votive offering, full of intensity and vivacious in movement, thus represents a mortal, possibly dancing, 7.1 cm high. George Ortiz collection

Greek bronze duck on a pyramidal base, end of Late Geometric II, 715-700 B.C. It could have been used as an amulet, an element of a necklace or hung from the belt, since such objects have been found in graves, if found in a sanctuary, they could have been votive offerings, 4.8 cm high. George Ortiz collection

Greek bronze duck on a pyramidal base, end of Late Geometric II, 715-700 B.C. It could have been used as an amulet, an element of a necklace or hung from the belt, since such objects have been found in graves, if found in a sanctuary, they could have been votive offerings, 4.8 cm high. George Ortiz collection

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