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Bronze cuirass (breastplate)

Period:
Classical
Date:
5th or 4th century B.C.
Culture:
Etruscan
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 22 3/4 in. (57.8 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1916
Accession Number:
16.173
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
Body armor, and specifically the cuirass that covered the front and back of the torso, provides a contemporary indication of artists' treatment of the human body. This one shows as sensitive and beautifully executed articulation as one might see on a classical bronze statue.
Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 352, pp. 300, 474-75, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 5.27b, pp. 163, 166-7, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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