Ancient Greek meaning Powerful Horse. In the Scythian tradition, female warrior horsewomen and archers depicted on ancient Greek pottery took Greek names, most associated with horses. The ancient Scythians dominated the lands from Siberia to the Black Sea between 800 and 300 BCE. The horse was their most important possession, enabling these Eurasian steppe nomads to travel great distances for trade and conquest. Burial kurgans contained treasures of gold and elaborate horse trappings, felted saddle blankets and head pieces beside human and equine remains, ready to journey to the afterlife together. The custom of dressing horses for battle, pageantry or belief has been found in many places and practiced by many cultures and we have done the same.
Alkippe is hand made of bisque fired clay and hand colored with artisan waxes. One ear was lost to the kiln, much like an excavated piece.The sculpture has been mounted with a salvaged metal rod from an equestrian estate to a hand finished block of antique French oak beam that has been hand worked and left unfinished.
Alkippe wears a neckpiece centered with a vintage Afghani nomad hand made metal tube bead, neolithic stone beads and ancient rock crystal beads, at least 1,000 years old. Joining them are an assortment of antique seed beads, matte bronze Czech Picasso glass beads and vintage Afghani lapis lazuli, the stone of the ancient horsemen.
Horse 8” long X 5” tall, mounted 5 1/2” tall.
French oak block 9 1/2” long X 3 3/4’ wide X 1 1/2” tall.
One of a Kind.
With Stone Lore Cards.