This bronze sculpture originating from Greece during the Classical period, was discovered from a shipwreck off of Artemisison and is estimated to be from around 140-150BC. This significant sculpture spans 2.9 metres in length and rises 1.61 metres in height, presenting a young jockey atop a horse in stride. It is a prime representative of Hellenistic bronze sculpting, a craft distinguished by its meticulous technique that employed the lost-wax casting method.

This sculpture meticulously illustrates the jockey and the horse in a synchronized stance. The boy, presumably local, is depicted with exceptional realism. He is outfitted in a short chiton, with distinct drapery folds, evidently guiding the horse at full gallop while tightly gripping the reins. The rider's offset alignment complements the horse’s movement, establishing a consistent visual unity.

The horse, in dynamic motion, is impeccably detailed- from its proportionate muscular structure to its fine anatomy. With one foreleg extended, the other raised, and hind legs forceful, the sculpture effectively communicates speed and power. Fine details, such as the horse's veins and rippling muscles, showcase the sculptor's detailed knowledge and precise interpretation of equine anatomy.

While it remains a challenge to determine the exact context of this sculpture's original use, it could have been a votive offering, a commemorative funeral structure, or a depiction of significant historical or mythological events. Regardless of its intention, the sculpture encapsulates the energy and athleticism of horse racing, a revered sport in ancient Greek culture.

National Archaeological Museum in Athens