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Etruscan and Italic

Ancient Italy was inhabited by a variety of cultural groups. The Etruscans settled in the north, Italic peoples established themselves throughout the central regions, and the Greeks set up colonies along the southern coast. From approximately 900 BC the Etruscans dominated the peninsula and were also a commanding force in Mediterranean trade, but the Italic peoples thrived as well, and all groups interacted through trade. By approximately the second century BC these distinct cultures merged into the rising Roman Republic, each having an influence on developing Roman artistic traditions.

Etruscan (Italy)
Dancing Young Man
ca. 500–450 BC
Bronze, solid cast
H. 6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Thomas T. Solley, 75.36.1

Etruscan (Italy)
Engraved Mirror with Judgment of Paris
ca. 325–250 BC
Cast bronze
L. (including tang) 10 13/16 in. (27.5 cm); diam. 7 in. (17.8 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 74.23

Villanovan or Early Etruscan (Italy)
Horse Bit with Cheekpieces
8th–7th century BC
Bronze
H. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm), W. 6 in. (15.2 cm), L. 5 in. (12.7 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 84.28

Villanovan or early Etruscan (Italy)
Cup (Phiale) with Ribbed Decoration
8th–7th century BC
Bronze
H. 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm), diam. (mouth) 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Collection of Diether Thimme, 98.190

Etruscan (Italy)
Pitcher with Warrior Busts
6th century BC
Terracotta
H. 11 in. (27.9 cm), diam. 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 80.82

Etruscan (Italy)
Storage Jar (Neck Amphora) with Animal Procession
7th–6th century BC
Terracotta, added color
H. 18 1/8 in. (46.0 cm), diam. 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 73.59.2

Etruscan (Italy)
Disk with Lion's Head
6th century BC
Gold
Diam. 1 1/4 in. (3.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 86.4.2

Etruscan (Italy)
Cinerary Urn with Reclining Man
3rd–2nd century BC
Terracotta, paint
H. 21 in (53.3 cm), W. 18 in (45.7 cm), D. 9 7/8 in (25.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 64.123

Daunian (Italy)
Spouted Flask
3rd century BC
Terracotta
H. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm) W. 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 75.102.3

Etruscan (Italy)
Satyr Holding Maenad
ca. 550-525 BC
Bronze
H. 3 3/8 in. (8.57 cm.)
Eskenazi Museum of Art, Acquired from the estate of Thomas T. Solley, 2008.244