8 June 2004
AN ETRUSCAN BRONZE CENTAUR
CIRCA LATE 5TH-4TH CENTURY B.C.
Perhaps originally serving as the finial of a candelabrum, the spool-shaped pedestal with egg-and-dart on its upper surfaces, the centaur with a full equine body, rearing up on his hind legs, preparing to hurl a rock firmly gripped in his extended right hand, wearing a belt at the merge of his human torso and equine waist, an animal skin over his left arm and shoulder, its feline face shown frontally on his chest, with a pointed beard and bulging eyes, his hair pulled up into a small top-knot and projecting to a point at the back of the head
4 in. (9.7 cm.) high
Münzen und Medaillen, Basel.
with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 1989.
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