archaicwonder: “ Villanovan Bronze Votive Hands, c. Century BC Villanovan culture was an Early Iron Age culture in Italy, named after the village of Villanova, near Bologna, where in 1853 the first of the characteristic cemeteries was found.
Etruscan Menrva Goddess Bronze, century BCE The Campanian type armor is covered by a round aegis on which is applied in relief a small protome depicting a youthful male head. Accidentally discovered in 1541 and purchased by Cosimo I de ‘Medici.
BCE the Etruscans were expanding their trade contacts throughout the Mediterranean world. The man in Persian costume is an unusual expression of the Etruscan interest in the exotic. Shaft of a bronze thymiaterion - incense burner.