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Dancing Young Man

This young dancer conveys a sense of spontaneous movement in space. The motif of a nude youth was influenced by Greek tradition, but skillful bronze work had long been part of Etruscan culture. Our statuette was possibly cast in a workshop at Vulci, the southern Etruscan town known for producing luxury items that were exported throughout the Mediterranean. Small sculptures like this were often made to decorate bronze vessels or implements such as incense burners and candelabra.

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