Bronze (hollow cast, welded)
H. 1.43 m
Europe / France / Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes / Rhône department / Rhône River
History of the work
The statue was discovered in the Rhône River near Pont de la Guillotière in 1859. Made as a hollow casting, it was most probably created in the third century in a workshop in Gaul.
Honor to Neptune
In July of each year, the god was honored during the Neptunalia festivities. Neptune, the son of Saturn and Rhea and the husband of Amphitrite, is also the god of horses, like Poseidon, his Greek equivalent. It is easy to recognize him because of the trident, his main attribute, or through the horse or dolphin associated to him.