Bronze statuette of a young man

Etruscan, about 500-480 BC
From Pizzidimonte near Prato, Tuscany, Italy

A young man wearing a typically Etruscan cloak

The skill of Etruscan bronze-smiths is shown both in the very few large-scale sculptures that have survived and in the much more frequent smaller figurines. Like their larger counterparts, these small bronzes were often dedicated to the gods at sanctuaries in anticipation of, or in gratitude for, favours received by worshippers. Some represent deities, others mortals, and in many cases they must be intended to show the dedicator.

The archaic style of this statuette shows influences from East Greek sculpture, and perhaps also from Athens. There is a certain stiffness in the young man's pose, but the figurine is finely delineated and technically accomplished. The right hand may be extended in a gesture of prayer. The youth wears the typical Etruscan bordered cloak known as the tebenna. Like the Roman toga, this was shaped like a segment of a circle, and therefore had a characteristically curving lower edge. He also wears high boots with pointed toes.

The figure is still fixed to its original lead mount.

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Height: 16.000 cm

Museum number

GR 1824.4-97.1 (Bronze 509)


Bequeathed by R. Payne Knight


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