Etruscan statuette of a priest with patera

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Description

ITEMStatuette of a priest with patera
MATERIALBronze
CULTUREEtruscan
PERIOD3rd – 2nd Century B.C
DIMENSIONS80 mm x 55 mm
CONDITIONGood condition
DESCRIPTIONStatuettes of this type have been found in both Etruscan and Roman sites. This statuette of a priest bears a patera, or shallow ritual offering dish, in his right hand. This figure features many of the iconographic hallmarks of Roman depictions of Lares. The similarities in posture and attributes between this priest and later representations of Lares illustrate the continuity between Etruscan and Roman religious practices.
PROVENANCEEx English private collection