Italy, Etruscan / Pair of Funerary Earrings / 4th-3rd Century BCItaly, Etruscan
Pair of Funerary Earrings
4th-3rd Century BC

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Creator Nationality: Italy, Etruscan
Creator Name-CRT: Italy, Etruscan
Title: Pair of Funerary Earrings
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -39
Creation End Date: -20
Creation Date: 4th-3rd Century BC
Object Type: Costume and Jewelry
Materials and Techniques: gold
Dimensions: Overall: 4 1/2 x 2 9/16 x 1 3/8 in. (11.43 x 6.51 x 3.49 cm.)
AMICA Contributor: Dallas Museum of Art
Owner Location: Dallas, Texas, USA
ID Number: 1966.25.A-B
Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil H. Green
Context: An exceptionally refined piece, this tripod may reflect the influence of Assyrian art, with its great man-animal sculptures. The figure has the head and forelegs of a horse, but the forelegs are drawn up so as to suggest they are the arms of the rest of the figure, which is generally human in form, though with animal hocks and tail. The figure is ithyphallic and has a three-ring necklace, two-ring anklets, and a two-ring tail band as ornaments. Cross-hatching defines the figure's hide or skin. It supports a tripod-shaped structure on its head. The whole figure was presumably part of a set supporting a larger bronze tripod. Although vase and tripod supports in the shape of animals are common, this particular figure is unusual, possibly unique. The work is an exceptionally fine piece of lost-wax casting with cold-worked ornament on the surface.'Gods, Men, and Heroes,' page 38
AMICA ID: DMA_.1966.25.A-B
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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