Model chariot with two-wheel straddle carOn display
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Model chariot with two-wheel straddle car
Material and technique
Dimensions4.5 cm (width)
6.8 cm (height)
5.3 cm (length)
No. of items
Presented by the Oxford Field Museum Expedition, 1924.
Museum locationGround floor | Gallery 19 | Ancient Near East
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Handmodelled; baked; buff fabric; encrusted with patches of salt; tall rectangular front rising to horn-shaped projections where the two holes for reins would be on the upper edge; the hole for the high arched pole is at the lower centre, pierced downwards diagonally into the body towards the hole for the axle running at right angles to it; saddle-seat for single occupant with a high back; probably originally draped with a skin; single set of plain solid wheels (1925.317-18), not necessarily those originally made for it, though the scale is right.
In: Moorey, P. R. S., Ancient Near Eastern Terracottas (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005)
Moorey, P. R. S., Ancient Near Eastern Terracottas (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005), 49, p.63, illus. p.63