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An Etruscan Bronze Kyathos, ca. 5th Century BC

RB1704

Of elegant classical form, this bronze ladle has a long, flat handle rising from a shallow bowl. The handle splits into double swan head terminals at the top.

The Etruscans were an influential culture that settled in present-day Tuscany from 800-200 BC. Their location in northern Italy allowed for great development in technology and commerce. Their art, while heavily influenced by Archaic Greece, was distinctively Etruscan, and was highly prized throughout the Mediterranean, especially metalwork. They traded with the Celts to the north and Greeks to the south, and elite families became very wealthy from imported luxury goods. Rome became deeply influenced by the Etruscans and they eventually absorbed Etruria into the republic, creating a strong Etruscan presence in Roman culture.

For related examples, see John W. Hayes, Greek, Roman, and related metalware in the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, 1984, No. 52.

Dimensions: Height: 12 inches (30.48 cm)

Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall, with blue-green patina throughout. Presented on a custom mount.

Provenance: Purchased by German collector before 1961. See, for example, John W. Hayes, Greek, Roman, and related metalware in the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, 1984, No. 52. Accompanied by a German export license.



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