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Statuette of a Warrior, Possibly Laran

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Statuette of a Warrior, Possibly Laran






Umbria, Italy (Place Created)


about 450 B.C.



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31 cm (12 3/16 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman

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Object Description

Depicted is a striding warrior wearing full hoplite armor, who moves forward in an attitude of attack. His left leg is advanced, body and head upright and facing front. In his raised right hand he once brandished a weapon. His extended index and middle fingers identify the weapon as a javelin, which was launched by hooking the fingers in the throwing strap. On his left arm, held away from his body, he once supported a shield. The bearded warrior is barefoot and his legs are protected by plain long greaves. Under his cuirass, which is embossed with concentric circles, he wears a chitoniskos with an incised hem. On his head he wears a helmet with a tall crest, the cheek pieces of which are turned up.

The Umbrians lived in northern central Italy, and many aspects of Umbrian culture were similar to that of the neighboring Etruscans. Yet in the mid-400s B.C., at a time when most Etruscan artists were pursuing a naturalistic style, Umbrian sculptors living near the Etruscan border began creating exaggeratedly tall and thin figures. Figures of mortal warriors, which may represent the war god Laran (Roman Mars), were favorite votive offerings in sanctuaries.

- 1988

Robert Haber (New York, New York), sold to Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman, 1988.

1988 - 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)
  • 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
Ancient Art from the Permanent Collection (March 16, 1999 to May 23, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 16, 1999 to May 23, 2004

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. 164-66, cat. no. 76.

"Museum Acquisitions Between July 1, 1996, and June 30, 1998." The Report of the J. Paul Getty Trust (1997-98), p. 64.

Mattusch, Carol C. Enduring Bronze: Ancient Art, Modern Views (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2014), pp. 36, 81-83, fig. 62.