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A PAIR OF VILLANOVAN BRONZE VOTIVE HANDS -  CIRCA 7TH CENTURY B.C.  | Christie's

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.

The sublime Minoan poppy goddess/priestess, c. 1400-1100 BCE, discovered near the site of Knossos and held in the collection of the Iraklion Museum (digital image courtesy of inoe.ro)

The sublime Minoan poppy goddess/priestess, c. BCE, discovered near the site of Knossos, Crete-Greece, and held in the collection of the Iraklion Museum (digital image courtesy of inoe.

Etruscan  Male and female figures. Brass (copper alloy). Purchased with a grant from the National Art Collections Fund,

Etruscan Male and female figures. Purchased with a grant from the National Art Collections Fund,

Bronze Figure of Icarus c.430 BC Classical Greek (Source: The British Museum

ancientpeoples: “ Bronze Figure of Icarus BC Classical Greek (Source: The British Museum) ”

Small bronze offerant with hands outstretched -   Bronze votive offering at Castillar  de Santiesteban, 400-100 bce.

(Pre-Roman Spain) - Small bronze offerant with hands outstretched - Bronze votive offering at Castillar de Santiesteban, Jaén, Spain, B.

Etruscan Menrva - bronze, 5th 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. Goddess of arts and war. The Roman goddess Minerva was probably derived from Menrva. Many of her attributes were derived from Athena, but where Athena was essentially a virgin goddess, Menrva was also a goddess who promoted marriage and childbirth.

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.

Bronze female figure Cretan Late Minoan I 1600-1450 BCE Metropolitan Museum

Bronze female figure Cretan Late Minoan I BCE Metropolitan Museum Supernatural Style

Reliquary, Hand from Date: 13th century Culture: French Medium: Copper, silver-plated Dimensions: Overall: 9 1/8 x 4 13/16 x 1 7/8 in. (23.2 x 12.3 x 4.7 cm)

Reliquary, Hand from Date: century Culture: French Medium: Copper, silver-plated Dimensions: Overall: 9 x 4 x 1 in.

Figurine of a rider on a horse  clay  Cypriot  Cypro-Geometric II - III period  9th-8th c. BC

Figurine of a rider on a horse clay Cypriot Cypro-Geometric II - III period…

Etruscan bronze mirror, ca. 500 years B.C.

Laconian (Spartan) bronze mirror said to be from southern Italy (Taranto?), second half of the century B. The handle is in the form of a young maiden standing on a recumbent lion with griffins springing from her shoulders.

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Etruscan terracotta head of a man. Manganello, Cerveteri, C. National Etruscan museum of Villa Guilia.

A large South Arabian gesso-painted marble female votive figure. Circa 1st Century B.C.

A large South Arabian gesso-painted marble female votive figure, century BC.

Etruscan bronze statuette of a haruspex wearing a pointed hat. C.600BC. Villa Giulia Etruscan national museum:

Etruscan bronze statuette of a haruspex wearing a pointed hat.

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