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1720, Veii, Portonaccio sanctuary

  • Record number: 1720
  • Site: Veii
  • Building or zone: Portonaccio sanctuary
  • Position: Ridge?
  • Roof element: Acroteria, human statues?
  • Remarks: Hollow, handmade, over life-size torso of muscular male figure, with skin painted dark brown/black, finished lower edge cutting through upper legs & pubic area. On both sides, at bottom, triangular depressions (H 13, W at bottom 15, D 1). Below navel, non-penetrating hole (Diam 1.5) for metal attachment. Rectangular cutting in place of genitals (H 4.5). Figure was cut in half in leather-hard state and fired separately; legs now missing as well as metal belt that would have attached 2 pieces together at hip level. Th walls 2-3.5. 2 firing holes below armpits. Estimated H over 2 m., with right arm raised, left arm relaxed at side and drawn slightly back, left leg slightly more advanced than right. Probably reconstructable as standing nude Herakles with lion-skin drawn over flanks, brandishing club in right hand and holding bow in left. Late work of Vulca (Colonna)
  • Bibliography: Pallottino 1946-1948; Santuari d'Etruria 1985, pp. 264-265 10.8; La grande Roma 1990, p. 76, 3.7.1; Veio, Cerveteri, Vulci 2001, pp. 65-66, I.F.4; Etruschi, le antiche metropoli 2008, p. 201, no. 1
  • Publication record: Etruschi, le antiche metropoli del Lazio. Author: Torelli, M. & A.M. Moretti Sgubini. Place of publication: Milano. Publication Date: 2008
    La grande Roma dei Tarquini. Author: Cristofani, M. (ed.). Place of publication: Roma. Publication Date: 1990
    Santuari d'Etruria. Author: Colonna, G. (ed.). Place of publication: Milano. Publication Date: 1985
    Veio, Cerveteri, Vulci. Città d'Etruria a confronto. Catalogo della mostra, Roma, Museo Nazionale Etrusco. Author: Moretti Sgubini, A.M.. Place of publication: Roma. Publication Date: 2001
  • Type of decoration: Over life-size male torso (Herakles?)
  • Last Recorded Collection: Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia
  • Mouldmade: no
  • Height: 75
  • Width: 58
  • MPD: 35
  • Paint: Dark brown/black
  • Condition: Restored from many fragments, missing head, right shoulder, both arms, genitals

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