The Colosseum Rider ...

Archaeology Magazine has the first photo I've seen of the statue of a rider found by the Colosseum - although the find was announced months ago ... it's always good to see an image of the sculpture. Titus, or certainly an emperor, is being suggested as the subject. Titus was the general who sacked Jerusalem, and the Temple Treasure partly funded construction of the Colosseum.

The photo might be confusing for some people - I think you're menat to tilt your head to the right, and you have a rear view of the sculpture, which is lying on its side. The bits of drapery are the bottom of the general's cloak. The large hole drilled in the horse is where the tail would have been 'pieced' (carved out of a separate piece of marble, and then inserted into the hole).

The description from earlier press reports:
"A marble fragment measuring one metre by a metre and a half, is from an equestrian statue, probably a statue that embellished the arches of the Colosseum," said archaeologist Silvana Rizzo, advisor to the minister of culture and tourism, Francesco Rutelli.
"The left flank of a rider with the detail of a leg, bridle and harness of a horse, as well as a part of a dagger scabbard are perfectly visible from the fragment," said Rizzo, who has spent his life doing Roman excavations.
"They are details that suggest the statue of an emperor and left us with the hope that we could find the entire statue."

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