Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Vladimir Naikhin
Figurine of a man offering a libation
Etruria, Italy
4th-2nd century BCE
H: 11 cm
Accession number: 88.2.3
Etruscan bronze statuettes were cast solid in the lost-wax technique. Many of the details were applied to the statue after it cooled by either punching or engraving. There were free-standing votive statuettes, usually deposited in sanctuaries, and figured attachments decorating bronze utensils. Most of the common types – the standing kouros, the spear-throwing warrior, the slender woman – were ultimately inspired by Greek prototypes.

Jucker, Ines, Italy of the Etruscans, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1991, English

The Etruscans, Nir David, 02/03/1992 - 15/09/1992
Italy of the Etruscans: Archaeological finds from the First Millenium, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 18/06/1991 - 18/11/1991

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir