Unknown artist, Etruscan; Umbria
Warrior, 450-425 BCE
24.5 x 8.5 cm (9 5/8 x 3 3/8 inches) (preserved)
Mary B. Jackson Fund 34.011
Depicting a warrior striding into battle, this piece was a votive offering to Mars, the god of war. It was intended to bring good fortune in battle, and represented either the donor or the god himself. Adorned in armor and greaves (shin guards), the figure would have been brandishing a spear in his upraised right hand, and likely bore a shield in his left. The helmet is delicately crafted, with an elaborate crest that emphasizes the elongated style of the piece. This figure was discovered in modern Umbria, a region in central Italy. The military prowess of the Etruscans was legendary, reaching its height by the 6th century BCE, with most of the Italian peninsula, even the city of Rome, under their control.
Edited ByWoolsey, Ann, ed.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 2008
TypeMonographs and CollectionsClassical Bronzes
Contributions byMitten, David Gordon
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design., 1975
TypeMonographs and CollectionsA Handbook of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
Edited ByWoodward, Carla M., and Franklin W. Robinson, eds.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1988
TypeMonographs and Collections