Equestrian Statue of a Carolingian Ruler

Equestrian Statue of a Carolingian Ruler

Date 9th century

Movement Early Medieval | Carolingian

Medium Bronze

Height 9.5″

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.