Overall: 18.8 cm (7 3/8 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1953.124
A small turtle beneath the figure’s back foot suggests a rustic setting.
Conceived primarily in two dimensions—front and rear silhouette—this small bronze dancer probably once belonged to an elaborate candelabra or incense burner. The exaggeratedly long fingers and pointed shoes characterize the work as Etruscan, as do the stylized folds of the figure’s dress, which add visual interest but not verisimilitude. While her right hand holds above her head a cylindrical support, her left squeezes a small object, perhaps a fruit or clapper.
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