May 24, 2022

Statuette of a Young Spearman

Statuette of a Young Spearman

late 500s BC

Bronze

Height: 10.8 cm (4 1/4 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2022.43

Location

Did you know?

This figure probably once held a spear or javelin in his raised, pierced right hand.

Description

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.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Greek
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Metalwork
Medium: 
Bronze

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