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Museu de Guissona Eduard Camps i Cava

Bronze Roman horse soldier

<p>Bronze Roman horse soldier from the High Imperial period.</p>

Bronze Roman horse soldier from the High Imperial period.

This bronze statuette of a soldier mounted on a horse turned up in 1967 when the foundations for a house were being dug in Carrer de Tapioles. The piece was shaped in two moulds, and was meant to be seen from one side only, as in a frieze. It probably comes from some larger funerary monument whose location remains unknown. From the style and workmanship of the piece it is assumed that it was made for a Roman citizen of Iesso who had seen military service. This bronze horseman is powerfully evocative work of art, and has become a symbol of Guissona’s Roman past.

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