|ETRUSCAN BRONZE CISTA FOOT: THE NUDE WINGED SUN GOD, USIL
With soft pointed shoes with wings, skimming over the crests of waves; all above a lion’s paw foot. Rare and choice.
Early 5th Century BC
H. 3 3/4 in. (9.1 cm.)
Ex James Loeb collection, Munich; Albert Hartog collection, NY, from Royal-Athena in the 1960s; J.M.E. collection, NY, acquired at Bonham’s, London, September 1998
Exhibited: Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ for “The Etruscans: Legacy of a Lost Civilization,” 1993.
Cf. similar example in Getty Museum, Handbook, p. 128. His knees are bent in the position known as Knielauf - an archaic way of representing rapid movement. Cf. a similar figure in the Getty Museum (96.AC.127), Handbook, p. 132. A comparable figure on an antefix from Temple B at Pyrgi has been plausibly identified as Util.