The J. Paul Getty Museum

Statuette of a Nude Youth Brandishing a Weapon

Object Details

Title:

Statuette of a Nude Youth Brandishing a Weapon

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Umbrian

Place:

Umbria, Italy (Place Created)

Date:

about 490 B.C.

Medium:

Bronze

Object Number:

96.AB.126

Dimensions:

27 cm (10 5/8 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman

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Object Description

The statuette depicts a warrior with slim build striding forward with his left leg advanced. In the pierced fist of his raised right hand he once held a weapon, probably a spear. His left arm is held forward from his body, with the fist clenched. Long tangs beneath the figure's feet were designed to attach it to a base, and identify it as a votive figure, which was dedicated as an offering to the gods in shrines and sanctuaries.

The elongated limbs of this spear bearer are characteristic of bronzes made in Umbria, a region of central Italy adjacent to Etruria. Naked youths brandishing a weapon were a frequent subject in both Umbrian and Etruscan art. As seen here, Umbrian artists frequently drew on Etruscan prototypes, but rendered the statuettes in a distinctive local style. This statuette combines a realistically proportioned torso and attenuated arms and legs.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1987

Robert Haber (New York, New York), sold to Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman, 1987.

1987 - 1996

Barbara Fleischman and Lawrence Fleischman, American, 1925 - 1997 (New York, New York), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1996.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
A Passion for Antiquities: Ancient Art from the Collection of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman (October 13, 1994 to April 23, 1995)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), October 13, 1994 to January 15, 1995
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland), February 14 to April 23, 1995
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