Any ideas what this horsey thing is?

#1
Other than a "horsey thing"...

It's seems to be hollow, cast brass, painted very dark green

I bought it in a second-hand shop in Ipswich about 20 years back. It looked interesting and only cost a couple quid. No one I know has a clue as to what it is or where it came from. Also, as far as I know, there isn't a trail of corpses where ever it goes - well no one I know has mysteriously died since I got it, so I doubt it's one of these bizarre cursed things that make many a corny movie.

I figured if there was ever an educated, well travelled, cultured, know-it-all bunch of folk who would know, then this surely must be the place...
 

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#2
Never seen owt remotely like it. Local museums are good for this sort of thing, or I know a couple of friendly dealers in London if you want?

Edit - is it a horse? That gob looks dog-like.
 
#4
I would have to wonder whether it is West African in origin. My Grandfather brought back some pieces from Nigeria and the syle is similar to a couple of those do dads.

I would agree about the local museum angle too.
 
#5
I doubt it's worth much, just bugged me as to what it is. as for local museums & such, I no longer live in the UK and don't reckon I'll be setting foot there for quite a few years to come...

I'm still wait for Google to do their "image search" where you up load a picture and it finds similar stuff - was touted a few years, but never heard much after that.
 
#6
My mum has loads of stuff like that from Hong Kong. They called it 'mouldy bronze' over there, she has a chinese war-horse, a buddha and a big temple bell....just ornamental stuff.
 
#8
A thalidomide horse
 
#10
At a guess I would say an Etruscan (Pre Roman Italy) Bronze replica....

Similar hairdo and markings...
 

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I'm still wait for Google to do their "image search" where you up load a picture and it finds similar stuff - was touted a few years, but never heard much after that.
Google Chrome. Go to Images and click the camera icon in the search box. I just did it. Nothing remotely close but it did throw up this gem...

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I'm with tuffy52 - getting Etruscan / Mesopotamian maybe? Dogs face, horses hooves. Its an interesting beast.
 
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Other than a "horsey thing"...

It's seems to be hollow, cast brass, painted very dark green

I bought it in a second-hand shop in Ipswich about 20 years back. It looked interesting and only cost a couple quid. No one I know has a clue as to what it is or where it came from. Also, as far as I know, there isn't a trail of corpses where ever it goes - well no one I know has mysteriously died since I got it, so I doubt it's one of these bizarre cursed things that make many a corny movie.

I figured if there was ever an educated, well travelled, cultured, know-it-all bunch of folk who would know, then this surely must be the place...
Trojan Horse for small Greeks.
 
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Google Chrome. Go to Images and click the camera icon in the search box. I just did it. Nothing remotely close but it did throw up this gem...
Sweet, I didn't know that. Just tried it out. Not much close, but along with the shitting mutt, there was a nice pair mittens... I added "bronze horse sculpture" to the description and got this:
 

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#20
Not Mesopotamian,they were far more sophisticated.However it is a recognized Etruscan style namely,,, turquoise verde patinated bronze.
It would appear that it is not catalogued..Take it to a dealer or museum..but let us know.
 

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