Antique Roman Chariot Bronze Sculpture
This large, antique dore bronze sculpture dates from the nineteenth century and depicts a Roman chariot racer pulled by two winged horses ridden by a Goddess with trumpet. It measures 22.5 by 20 by 9 inches (57.1 by 50.8 by 22.9 cm) and weighs an estimated 30-45 lbs. (13.6-20.4 kg). We have found no signature nor foundry mark.
The sculptor has apparently taken some creative license here in depicting subjects and motifs from Greek and Roman mytholody. It appears to depict the Roman Goddess of victory, Victoria, who in the ancient period was depicted with wings, carrying the wreath of victory. Instead, the horses are winged (as were the chariot pulling horses of the Greek god of the sun, Hyperion) and she carries a horn to announce her presence, while a Roman male holds the wreath of victory just as the chariot racers in Roman times were awarded the wreath of victory.