Elongated Etruscan Bronze Votive Statuette

Culture: Etruscan
Period: 4th-3rd century B.C.
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 16 cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 4117
Provenance: From an old German private collection since around 1970.
Condition: Except for traces of corrosion intact.
Description: Rare, rod-shaped votive figure of a man. Body, head and extremities are stylized elongated. The face with a long nose, large almond-shaped eyes and a mouth formed to a smile. The man is undressed except for a broad belt, and has his right arm bent forward. A small indentation in the hand indicates that there was once a separately worked out votive offering. The left arm hangs slightly angled. The long slender legs are closed, slightly protruding feet are emerging at the bottom. For the type see the world-famous votive statuettes from Volterra in the Villa Giulia in Rome, Italy. The most renowned example of these elongated bronze statuettes, the 57.3 cm high “Ombra della Sera” (Shadow of the evening) is today in the Museo Etrusco Guarnacci in Volterra, Italy. He is considered for many as a model and inspiration for contemporary artist Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966). Mounted.