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Bronze statuette of a hunter

Period:
Archaic
Date:
early 5th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971
Accession Number:
1972.118.71
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
The identification of the figure depends on the conical cap—the felt pilos often worn by hunters—as well as on the pose. The study of movement engaged the artists making small bronzes as much as those who were decorating vases. The hunter's forcefulness derives from the sensitive rendering of the musculature as well as from the projection of his right heel beyond the plinth. His action seems to burst the confines of his allotted space.
von Bothmer, Dietrich and René d'Harnoncourt. 1950. Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities: An Exhibition from the Collection of Walter Cummings Baker, Esq. no. 23, p. 8, pl. 8, New York: Walter Cummings Baker.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1961. Ancient Art from New York Private Collections: Catalogue of an Exhibition Held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, December, 17, 1959-February 28, 1960. no. 136, p. 35, pl. 44, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1975. "Notable Acquisitions, 1965-1975." The Metropolitan Museum of Art, : p. 119.

Mertens, Joan R. 1985. "Greek Bronzes in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 43(2): no. 20, pp. 34-5.

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