Equestrian Statue of a Carolingian Ruler
Date 9th century
Movement Early Medieval | Carolingian
Provenance Oseberg, Norway
Housed at Musée du Louvre, Paris
Carolingian rulers, having become Holy Roman Emperors, sought to emulate their Christian predecessors (namely, Constantine and Justinian). Therefore, this statue may be based off the Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius, which was at the time thought to be of Constantine; though this statue portrays less detail and is significantly smaller, it still conveys the same amount of majesty. The ruler, though to be Charles the Bald, holds an orb, signifying domination of the world.