Bronze statuette of a solar deity


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).

Bronze statuette of a solar deity, Bronze, Etruscan

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