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Bronze statuette of a solar deity

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
3rd–2nd century B.C.
Culture:
Etruscan
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H.: 9 13/16 in. (24.9 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1916
Accession Number:
16.174.5
  • Description

    The idealized features and seminudity of this carefully executed bronze statuette suggest that he represents a deity. The radiant 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 the larger male figure (16.174.4) on this shelf.

  • References

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

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

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

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