Robert Haber (New York, New York), sold to Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman, 1987.
Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 110, The Etruscans
Statuette of a Nude Youth Brandishing a Weapon
Umbria, Italy (Place Created)
about 490 B.C.
27 cm (10 5/8 in.)
Gift of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman
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.
True, Marion, and Kenneth Hamma, eds. A Passion For Antiquities. Ancient Art from the Collection of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman, exh. cat. (Malibu: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 1994), pp. 158-59, cat. no. 72.
"Museum Acquisitions Between July 1, 1996, and June 30, 1998." The Report of the J. Paul Getty Trust (1997-98), p. 64.