Statuette of a Nude Youth Brandishing a Weapon

Object Details


Statuette of a Nude Youth Brandishing a Weapon






Umbria, Italy (Place created)


about 490 B.C.




27 cm (10 5/8 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman

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With one arm raised, a slim youth strides forward on this Umbrian bronze statuette. He once held a weapon, probably a spear, in the pierced fist of his raised right hand. He swings his left arm forward to help balance the movement of throwing.

The elongated physique of this spear bearer is characteristic of bronzes made in Umbria, a region of central Italy adjacent to Etruria. A naked youth brandishing a weapon was a frequent subject in Etruscan art. As seen here, Umbrian artists frequently copied Etruscan prototypes, but rendered them in their own style. Not as extreme as many Umbrian works, this statuette maintains a balance between realistic human proportions and attenuation.

Statuettes of this type were often given as offerings to the gods in shrines and sanctuaries. The long tangs left on the ends of this figure's feet were designed to attach it to a base and further suggest that it was a votive figure.

- 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.

A Passion for Antiquities: Ancient Art from the Collection of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman (October 13, 1994 to April 23, 1995) (72)
  • 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