JAIC 1981, Volume 21, Number 1, Article 1 (pp. 01 to 42)
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JAIC 1981, Volume 21, Number 1, Article 1 (pp. 01 to 42)

TECHNICAL EXAMINATION OF THE CLASSICAL BRONZE HORSE FROM THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

Kate C. Lefferts, Lawrence J. Majewski, Edward V. Sayre, Pieter Meyers, R.M. Organ , C.S. Smith , Edward V. Sayre , Robert H. Brill , I. Lynus Barnes , Thomas J. Murphy , & Frederick R. Matson



6 CONCLUSION

INVESTIGATIONS OF THE materials and techniques of manufacture of the bronze horse by conservators, foundrymen and scientists have found that all properties are consistent with that of ancient manufacture. The few reservations expressed by Organ, Lewin and Keish we believe have been answered. The bronze alloy and its corrosion products, the core with its armature, the chaplets and repairs are all characteristic of bronzes cast in classical antiquity.

And finally the TL dating of the core material between about 500 B.C. and 50 B.C. provides conclusive evidence that the horse cannot be a modern forgery. The horse can now find its rightful place in history.


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