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
Originating in Umbria, a northern Italian area with close connections to the Etruscans, this statuette depicts a warrior striding forcefully into battle. His upraised right hand originally held a spear, and he may also have borne a shield over his left arm. His armor is of standard Italic type with an Attic-style helmet, a fringed breastplate, and greaves (shin guards) on his legs. The artist lavished much attention on the helmet, particularly the crest and the upraised cheek pieces. The body’s limbs are very elongated and thin, a convention common in Italic art of this period, which tended to be less naturalistic than contemporary art of Greek origin. This votive statuette may represent either the deity Mars or the donor, a mortal warrior making an offering to the god of war.