Bronze candelabrum


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170

This exquisite candelabrum, probably made at Vulci, was assembled from six solid-cast elements. The pieces are held together by two cross-pins and a small amount of lead-tin solder near the top. Candles similar to modern wax varieties would have been stuck vertically into the four prongs at the top of the fluted shaft. The finial depicts Hercle and Menrva (Greek: Herakles and Athena), a popular mythical pair frequently represented in both Etruscan and Greek art at this time.

Bronze candelabrum, Bronze, Etruscan

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