8 June 2001
AN ETRUSCAN BRONZE DANCER
Circa 5th Century B.C.
Standing on an integral base with the left leg turned out to the left, her weight on the right leg, wearing a long skirt with a central vertical band of four parallel lines and curving lines each with a row of circles above along the legs, the back with long streamers down the center, and a tunic with elbow-length sleeves, the folds rendered by parallel wavy vertical lines, a band of interlocking X's on the collar and down the sleeves, the right arm outstretched, the palm facing forward with the thumb down, the left arm raised, her head turned to her right, wearing a stephane ornamented with a zig-zag line, the hair center-parted with incised striations radiating from the top of the head and falling in three undulating waves in back, wearing laced pointed-toe shoes
5 1/8 in. (13 cm) high
Athos Moretti Collection, Bellinzona
Pino Donati, Lugano
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H. Jucker, "Etruskische Tänzerin in Lugano" in Zierfigur, Zusammenhang und Atmosphäre, p. 107
BSI, Lugano, 1986.
For a similar example see no. 35 in Kozloff and Mitten, The Gods Delight. The Human Figure in Classical Bronze.
Fewer than 30 of these horseshoe-back armchairs are known to exist. This one comes to auction on 13 September in New York
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