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Statuette of a Reclining Banqueter
Statuette of a Reclining Banqueter
Date:
ca. 6th century BC
Location:
Legion of Honor
Terrace Hallway East
Century:
Media:
Cast And Incised Bronze (on Modern Marble Base)
Dimensions:
2 3/8 x 4 1/2 (6 x 11.4 cm)
Department:
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
Europe
Culture/People:
Etruscan
Accession Number:
1952.26
Acquisition Date:
1952-10-03
Credit Line:

Gift of Arthur Sachs

During the Late Archaic period, Etruscan artists working in bronze gained acclaim for their inventiveness and skill. Small bronze figures such as this statuette adorned implements and utensils of various kinds, serving as handles, supports, finials, or decorative motifs to lavish luxury on ordinary and practical objects. This lively and spirited reclining youth, leaning with his left elbow on a cushion, was most likely one of several similar banqueters attached to the rim of a large vessel. Adorning a profusely decorated bronze feast bowl, this figurine might appear as if he were taking aprt in the celebration. He wears an intricately patterned garment with ornamented borders and a delicately incised allover pattern of punched circles joined by engraved lines that represent embroidery. The statuette dates to a time when Etruscan art was closely related to Greek art, which also made use of small sculptures for decorative purposes.

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