Etruscan Bronze Figure of a Warrior

Culture: Etruscan
Period: 5th century B.C.
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 17.8 cm high (including tenons)
Price: Sold
Ref: 4138
Provenance: English private collection from the 1980s.
Condition: Intact with dark green patina.
Description: Magnificent solid bronze statuette of an Etruscan warrior. He stands on his left leg, which is slightly put forward, and holds his right arm raised, in the hand a short lance. The left arm is slightly set off from the body, holding the remains of another weapon, possibly a shield. The warrior wears a Phrygian helmet with raised cheek guards. The thick hair frames his face and cascades long and finely into his nape. The face with large, almond-shaped eyes, long nose and a gentle smile. Above his mouth a finely drawn moustache. He wears a short tunic with hemmed seams on the shoulder, on top a cuirass. The chiton falls in fine pleats in the front, but the genital as well as the buttocks are visible. The lower hips are supported by greaves. Under the feet the tenons are still preserved which served for mounting on the ancient base. See for a similar statuette with Christie’s New York on 10 June 2010, lot 124.