Robert Haber (New York, New York), sold to Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman, 1988.
Not currently on view
Statuette of a Warrior, Possibly Laran
Umbria, Italy (Place Created)
about 450 B.C.
31 cm (12 3/16 in.)
Gift of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman
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.
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.