Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Bronze finial of two warriors from a candelabrum

ca. 480–470 B.C.
H. (with base) 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1947
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
This finial, which originally decorated the top of a tall candelabrum, is an excellent example of Early Classical sculpture. A bearded warrior wearing a full panoply of armor assists his younger, beardless comrade, who has sustained a wound to his left leg or foot and is supported by the spear he once held in his right hand and by his friend's shoulder.
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