8 June 2004
AN ETRUSCAN BRONZE MASK OF ACHELOOS
Circa 520 B.C.
From the center of an ornamental "shield," rendered in high relief, with a long downturned moustache and ribbed spade-shaped beard, the arching brows hatched and joined at the bridge of the nose, the almond-shaped eyes with thick upper lids, his bull horns emerging from the vertical striations of his hair, rivets in the beard for attachment (one preserved)
5 1/8 in. (13 cm.) long
with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 1981.
with Old World Galleries, New York.
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C.C. Vermeule and J.M. Eisenberg, Catalogue of the Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Bronzes in the Collection of John Kluge, New York and Boston, 1992, no. 81-49.
For an ornamental "shield" with a similar mask of Acheloos, see no. 51 in Haynes, Etruscan Bronzes.
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