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Rare Etruscan Bronze Horse Amulet: 8th Century BC

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Rare Etruscan Bronze Horse Amulet: 8th Century BC

This extremely rare piece is a bronze horse that was cast in one solid piece. This piece is from the mysterious Etruscan culture and was made circa 8th century B.C. This piece is extremely early for the culture, and this can be seen relative to the artistic style with the elongated neck. This piece was probably part of a necklace that may have been votive, and was most likely thought to have been shamanistic in nature. The stylized horse seen here may have been created as a "spirit" type animal, and this may explain the design. The design of the piece may also be an early Geometric Period convention of art and may not have been intentional as well, but whatever the case, this piece is an extremely rare early Etruscan bronze. This piece had a hoop seen on the top part of the body and this connected the piece to the main body of the necklace by a hoop chain. The hoop seen on the top part of the body may also have been broken in antiquity in order to break the "mana" and/or magic of the piece, and consequently, this piece may also have been votive. There were probably several animals and/or amulets connected to the necklace, and this piece is analogous to a piece that is now seen in the Museo di Villa Giulia, Rome (Inventory no. 53438, listed as being found at Palestrina, dated circa 8th-6th century B.C.) The bronze animals seen in the Museo di Villa Giulia example are approximately one third of the size of the piece offered here. The Museo di Villa Giulia piece is the only known comparable to the piece offered here, and has hand-shaped amulets and small round shields that are connected to the necklace as well. The extremely rare piece offered here is approximately 2.75 inches long by 3 inches high. The dark green patina is superb with dark red highlights, and the dark red highlights are due to a high concentration of tin within the mix of metals. This piece is complete, except for the incomplete hoop, and it sits on a clear custom plexiglas base. Ex: F. Hirsch collection. Ex: Private German collection. I certify that this piece is authentic as to culture, date, and condition:

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