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Department of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities: Etruscan Art (9th-1st centuries BC)

Female statuette with tutulus

© 1996 RMN / Hervé Lewandowski

Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities
Etruscan Art (9th-1st centuries BC)

Author(s):
Astier Marie-Bénédicte

This statuette belongs to a series of small bronze sculptures that testify to the vitality of the Northern Etrurian workshops and the widespread distribution of their products in the late Archaic period. The figurine comes from a deposit of votive objects discovered near Isola di Fano. It reproduces the style and features of the Archaic kouroi, with certain details, such as the tutulus worn on the head and the pointed shoes, of Graeco-Oriental inspiration.

An ex-voto from Isola di Fano

This bronze statuette comes from a votive deposit discovered by chance, probably in 1874, near Isola di Fano (a few kilometers from Urbino) on the banks of the Tarugo River. It was made between 520 and 470 BCE using the lost-wax solid-casting technique and was cast upside down, head downward. An indication of this is the presence of a section of casting under the feet, left in order to serve as a small tenon for attaching the figurine to its support.

A small kore of Graeco-Oriental inspiration

This statuette follows the style of the kore, one of the principal types of Greek statuary in the Archaic period. The figure is depicted in a standing position, with her left leg slightly advanced. Holding a fold of her tunic in her left hand and a flower in bud in her right, she is clad in a long, short-sleeved chiton, embroidered with small incised circles and edged with a chevron pattern. On her feet she wears calcei repandi, pointed-toed shoes of eastern origin, and her hair is held in a geometrically patterned tutulus, a type of conical headdress whose shape may have originated in Northern Ionia. A double-stringed necklace and round earrings complete her outfit.

A piece made in Northern Etruria

The statuette belongs to a series of small bronze sculptures produced in great quantities in the workshops of Northern Etruria and distributed widely (a number of comparable examples have been found at Arezzo, Chiusi, Cortona, Fiesole, Perugia, Populonia and Volterra, among other places).

Bibliography

Eroi e Regine. Piceni popolo d'Europa, Roma, 2001, p. 349.
E. Richardson, Etruscan votive bronzes, Mainz am Rhein, 1983, n 3, p. 290, fig. 688 A.
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Technical description

  • Female statuette with tutulus

    c.520-470 BCE

    Isola di Fano, central Italy

    Northern Etruria

  • Bronze, solid-cast by the lost-wax method, incisions

    H. 18.1 cm

  • Purchased in 1884

    Br 236

  • Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities

    Denon wing
    Ground floor
    Etruria I
    Room 18

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