Male votive figure - ROM2010_11485_15


Male votive figure

Medium:Cast bronze
Geography: Found in Perugia, Umbria, Italy
Date: about 400-300 BC
Period: Etruscan
5.3 x 2.6 x 0.8 cm, 7.6 g
Object number: 920X57.74
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome - Bratty Exhibit of Etruria

The Etruscans dedicated many thousands of votive offerings in their temples and sanctuaries as a way of thanking or seeking help from particular patron deities. The supplicants in southern Umbria created votive offerings in the form of stylized bronze statuettes of men and women.

This small Etruscan figurine was cut out of a flat, cast-bronze slab and shaped with a file. The eyes and navel were punch-marked, while the mouth, hands, and feet were marked by notches. The legs are pointed for insertion into a base. The figures’ outstretched arms suggest a devotional pose: they were probably dedicated by rural people in small sanctuaries.

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