This bronze casting is similar in style to horses of the late Celtic period.
It was most likely one of a pair of tankard handles and was found by the Reverend James G. Joyce in the Basilica of Calleva Atrebatum at Silchester, Hampshire on the 27 October 1870.
Stylistically similar to the Uffington White Horse, it may be pre-Roman in date from the 1st century Iron Age. Silchester was indeed the site of the most important settlement of the Atrebates tribe.
The horse was hugely significant for the pre Roman iron age occupants of the land and frequently appeared on their coinage.
The original is to be found on display in the Museum and Art Gallery, Reading.
Comes suspended on a leather thong. Length 104mm.