Cigarralejo Horse

Department of Protohistory and Colonisations


Caballito tras la restauración

Iron Age. Iberian culture. End of the 4th – 3rd century B.C. From the El Cigarralejo shrine, Mula, Murcia. Deposited by the El Cigarralejo Museum of Iberian Art
Inventory Nº: DO2011/57/6
Material and manufacturing technique: Carved sandstone


State of conservation:

The piece is incomplete, part of the base, back legs and front left hoof being missing. It is broken into three fragments, head, base and part of the legs and there are holes in its surface.
It had been restored previously, the treatment consisting of gluing the fragments and volumetric restoration with plaster. The restoration process was not finished before the piece reaching the MAN, and some plaster stains had been left. It has a label on its base.


When the MAN received the sculpture, it was subjected to treatment by the Department of Conservation, like the other pieces of this group which are now exhibited in the rooms dedicated to the Iberian culture. The plaster stains have been cleaned and its volumetric reintegration has been retouched. Finally, chromatic reintegration has been carried out with acrylic paints.