Roman Marble fragment relief depicting a centaur holding a lance, 2nd century AD.
Conservation: Damaged arm, lance and facial areas
Dimensions: 51 x 47 cm
Provenance: Phoenix Ancient Art Gallery, Switzerland / Archaeological Gallery, Spain, 2014
Exhibited: Ifergan Collection, Málaga (2018-2020)
The centaur is a icon of the struggle between barbarism and civilisation. Its body consists of a human head, torso and arms, and the legs become the quadrupedal body of a horse.
Normally depicted in male form, they represent the strength and vigour of an animal. We can see how this magnificently sculpted torso carries a stick in its hand, as it would be in a fight, which was one of the main features of the centaurs, always warlike.