Bronze statuette of a reclining banqueter

Etruscan, about 500-480 BC
Probably from the north of Etruria, (now in Tuscany, Italy)

The relaxed manner of feasting in the Classical world

Feasts, with music and entertainment, were important in Etruscan life, and scenes of banqueting are common in Etruscan art. Feasts depicted on the walls of tombs may represent funerary feasts or feasting inthe afterlife, though other representations seem to be everyday social occasions. This bronze figurine may have been placed as a dedication in a shrine or sanctuary.

The bronze banqueter reclines on a couch, in a way that was typical in the Classical world. His pose, like that of other Etruscan bronzes of the Archaic period, is elegant but rather stiff. He has an impressive and carefully delineated beard and moustache, and is dressed in a decorated chiton or tunic. The bowl that he holds is of the type used both at banquets and for libations - the offering of small quantities of liquids, such as wine, to the gods.

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Bibliography

M. Cristofani, '"Testa Lorenzini" e la scultura tardoarcaica', Studi Etruschi (1979), pp. 85-92

O. Brendel, Etruscan art, Pelican History of Art (Yale University Press, 1995)

L. Bonfante (ed.), Etruscan life and afterlife: a (Michigan, Wayne State University Press, 1986)

E. Macnamara, The Etruscans-1 (London, The British Museum Press, 1990)

Dimensions

Height: 6.000 inches
Length: 13.000 inches

Museum number

GR 1831.12-1.1 (Bronze 556)

GAA369

Millingen Collection

Location

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