8 June 2004
AN ETRUSCAN BRONZE CANDELABRUM
CIRCA 450-420 B.C.
The tripod base formed of three lion paws, each on a square pad and overlapped by a long petal, incised ivy leaves at the juncture of the legs, a knob with beading along its perimeter at the join to the tall faceted shaft, surmounted by an inverted bowl, a spool above from which project four branches, each terminating in a lotus blossom, the finial in the form of a male figure on a pedestal base with a beaded molding on its upper edge, standing with his right leg slightly advanced, the legs turned out, a short mantle adorned with punched dots draped around his waist and over his lowered left forearm, the palm facing out, holding a hare by its hind leg in his right hand, his hair a single mass falling to his shoulders, the individual strands incised
34½ in. (87 cm.) high
with Herbert A. Cahn, Basel, Switzerland.
with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 1990.
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