|IMPORTANT ETRUSCAN BRONZE NUDE WARRIOR HOLDING A SACRIFICIAL HARE
He wears a Negau helmet, a cloak over his left shoulder that wraps around his left forearm. On his extended left hand crouches a hare; a dagger in his right hand. Fine olive green patina. Superb style.
It has been suggested that this is a representation of Turms (Hermes).
Cf. a cornelian scarab in Copenhagen where Turms holds a fawn , P. Zazoff, Etruskische Skarabaen, Mainz, 1968, no. 33, pl. 12, 33.
Hunting hares was a popular sport among young men, and a votive that included a hare was not an inappropriate gift to a hunting companion. Possibly made by an artist of Greek descent. from one of those who established workshops in Etruria in the middle of the 6th century BC.
Ex old Belgian collection.
4th Century BC
H. 5 7/8 in. (15 cm.)
Art of the Ancient World, 2012, no. 43
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