late 500s BCE
Height: 10.8 cm (4 1/4 in.)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2022.43
This figure probably once held a spear or javelin in his raised, pierced right hand.
This small bronze statuette depicts a male figure in the act of throwing. Solid cast, he strides forward with his left foot while holding his left arm to the front and raising his right arm beside his head. The pierced right hand once held a separately made projectile, either an athlete’s javelin or a warrior’s spear (perhaps with a shield held on the left). The nude figure, with its well-defined musculature and finely modeled face and hair, exhibits a developed understanding of the human form.
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