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Statuette of Apollo with lyre

This statuette is one of the few bronze divinity images found in the Po area. Her significance is further enhanced by the fact that she was found precisely in the urban sanctuary of Felsina, so she represent one of the divinities venerated by the Bolognese Etruscans.

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The god Apollo, called Aplu by the Etruscans, is shown as a nude, standing figure with plaited hair and arms open. The left hand holds a lyre, while the right (missing) hand would have held the plectrum. This is a modest work by a local craftsman, but it nonetheless reveals the influence of Greek artistic models. It is rare to find Apollo with lyre in Etruscan bronzes, while the combination of the cult of Apollo and Heracles in the same sacred area is well known, especially in the great Veio temple of southern Etruria.

Provenance: Bologna, Villa Cassarini sanctuary
Datation: Late 5th century BC
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: Height: 8,1cm
Inventory #: 27832

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