Patera Support: Lasa

Patera Support: Lasa

300-175 BC

Bronze with silver inlays

Overall: 21.6 cm (8 1/2 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1947.68

Description

Because the Etruscans have left us few written records, we do not know exactly who or what a Lasa was, or even whether she was a major or minor deity. Unlike early Etruscan statuettes, which seem very flat and emphasize pattern, this female twists and turns in a spiral like Hellenistic Greek figures. She was originally the handle-stand of an offering dish.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Etruscan
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture

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