Greek Terracotta Chariot Group
An ancient Hellenistic Greek terracotta statuette of a chariot drawn by two goats. Driving the chariot is a winged male figure wearing a polos cap. With him stands a smaller youth wrapped in a himation.
Ca. 3rd - 2nd century BC.
The iconography of this figure is unusual. We would expect the group to be Helios and his son Pha?ton, but this myth is rather clear in describing the solar chariot as being pulled by horses, not goats.
cf. for a similar group with a chariot pulled by roosters: L. Burn & R. Higgins, Catalogue of Greek Terracottas in the British Museum, Vol. III, (London, 2001), p. 246, no. 2800.
Formerly in the Collection of the Princely House of Liechtenstein; acquired by Prince Johann II (1840-1929) in the late 19th or early 20th Century.