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Bronze statuette of a solar deity

3rd–2nd century B.C.
H.: 9 13/16 in. (24.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1916
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
The idealized features and seminudity of this carefully executed bronze statuette suggest that he represents a deity. The radiate crown indicates a solar deity, perhaps Apollo or Helios (called by the Etruscans Apulu and Usil). The object in his left hand may be an incense box. Perhaps his missing right hand once held a patera (libation bowl) resembling that held by another larger male figure (16.174.4).
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1921. "Classical Accessions: Bronzes." Bullletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 16 (2): p. 38.

Cook, Brian. 1968. "Two Etruscan Bronze Statuettes." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 1: pp. 167-70, figs. 1-3.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1978. Antichnoe iskusstvo iz muzeia Metropoliten, Soedinennye Shtaty Ameriki: Katalog vystavki. no. 90, pl. 24, Moscow: Sovetskii Khudozhnik.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 363, pp. 307, 476, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 6.79, p. 235, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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