|IMPORTANT SET OF THREE ETRUSCAN BRONZE BRAZIER FEET: GORGON RISING FROM FOLIAGE
The feet were originally attached by rivets to a brazier of hammered bronze. From the solid-cast, claw-shaped foot rises a flat, calyx-like support with two lateral protuberances, surmounted by the bust of a Gorgon in low relief. She has female breasts and wears a smooth sleeved chiton. On each outstretched arm rests a long tress of her wavy hair, finely corrugated and incised with parallel lines. Above her mask-like face the hair is parted in the center and hangs in a crescent shape over her temples. She has asymmetric, strongly outlined eyes, full cheeks, a gaping mouth with a lolling, grooved tongue and protruding ears with earrings. Choice and rare.
Similar pieces are preserved in London (British Museum, no. 47.8-6.145), Berlin (Berlin 1968, 93, Fr.1516), Marseilles (Musée Borély, nos 812, 813), Paris (Louvre, de Ridder 1913, nos 2602, 2603) and Chiusi (MonAnt 30, 1925, 466, fig. 68). The bronzes have been ascribed by K.A. Neugebauer to a Chiusine workshop which, during the first half of the fifth century, produced braziers, each with three feet in the form of Gorgons or winged creatures. (Compare the brazier from La Boncia in the Museo Archeologico, Florence: Milan, 1912, pl. 88, I).
Chiusi, ca. 500-475 BC
H. 7 1/2 in. (19 cm.); W. 8 1/2 in. (20.5 cm.)
One ex Leo Mildenberg collection, acquired in the 1960s; two ex private collection, Ticino, Switzerland, acquired in the 1960s.
Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, 2012, no. 41.
For the example in the British Museum see Haynes, Sybille. Etruscan Bronzes. New York: Sotheby’s Publications, 1985, p. 188 no. 113 and p. 286-287.