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Bronze statuette of a centaur

Period:
Archaic
Date:
late 6th–early 5th century B.C.
Culture:
Etruscan or South Italian
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 4 7/16 in. (11.3 cm); length 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.2070
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 152
This small sculpture emanates considerable power through the treatment of the centaur's arms and legs, all in a position of maximum tension. The energy suffuses a form that is lithe and softly modeled. The figure is of a piece with its plinth, indicating that it may have been attached to a utensil.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 64, fig. 35, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 74-75, fig. 44, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 74-75, fig. 44, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1949. "The Classical Contribution to Western Civilization." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 7(8): p. 218.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1950. Small Sculptures in Bronze: A Picture Book. p. 17, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 51, 196, pl. 36g, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1978. Antichnoe iskusstvo iz muzeia Metropoliten, Soedinennye Shtaty Ameriki: Katalog vystavki. no. 87, pl. 21, Moscow: Sovetskii Khudozhnik.

Padgett, J. Michael. 2003. The Centaur's Smile: The Human Animal in Early Greek Art no. 26, pp. 164-66, Princeton: Princeton University Art Museum.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 65, pp. 68, 419, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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