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Beaker with Horses and Riders 067a   Price £20 each

Mould-blown beakers from our Wood-fired Furnace

We are now making Mould-blown Beakers at our Wood-fired Furnace.
See this page for all of our Wood-fired Furnace vessels.
In particular, see this page for our Circus Beakers and stock levels.

We do not make Horse and Rider Beakers to order
- they are only available from stock on the website.

For stock levels of all of our mould-blown beakers, see this page.

Based on the intact beaker at the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY. The lower frieze shows four standing horsemen:

HIHRAX (Hierax - 'The Falcon')
PYRAM (Pyramus)
CEGAS (Gegas - 'The Giant')
CRUSCUS (Cresces)

Each is being presented with a victor's palm and a laurel wreath by a winged Victory.

On the upper frieze, above each rider and standing between palm trees four horses are named: IXICIT, HIRPIN, CIAO and SACIPA. (IXICIT may be a corrupt rendition of 'Incitatus', meaning 'the rapid one', a name which is also used by a charioteer).

Although this beaker may be recording single horse and rider events, the fact that the names correspond with those of charioteers who drove both bigae (two-horse chariots) and quadrigae (four-horse chariots) suggests that the horses are probably representations of famous funales, the important leading or turning stallions in a pair or quartet. (Several later Roman mosaics show quadrigae, yet name only one of the four horses depicted, usually the horse on the driver's extreme left).

Height: 9.7cm   Diameter at shoulder: 8.1cm   Capacity: 250ml

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