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Etruscan statuette of a young man


Bronze, cast solid

Height: 9.5cm

Museum number: A25

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 423help-vermeule-catalogue-number

On display: Lobby to the Breakfast Room
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Curatorial note

A nude young man standing with his legs close together and his left arm against his side. He wears a conventionalised Etruscan version of the Archaic hairdo - conical with the hair cut evenly around the brow and down behind over the shoulders. The right arm (here missing) was probably stretched forward with the palm down.

The scholar Bieber terms these youths, "Archaic Etruscan from an Ionian original of the beginning of the fifth century BC."1. A similar (or perhaps the identical?) bronze is drawn in one of the dal Pozzo drawings in the Royal Collection at Windsor2. Other drawings in the same volume3 show that Etruscan statuettes of the type seen here were among the first minor bronze antiquities known to the later Renaissance scholars in the Rome area.

1 Cassel, p. 53, no. 121, pl. XXXIX which is "the same type as the previous".
2 Vol. VI (A. 45), no. 8613b.
3 Vol. VI (A. 45), no. 8612ff.

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