Umbrian, ‘Abstract Warrior’, ca. 450 BCE, ArtAncient

An Umbrian bronze figure of a nude warrior, dating to the second half of the 5th Century BC.

Depicting a striding warrior, wearing a conical helmet and carrying a round shield, raising his right arm to throw a spear. The eyes, mouth, nipples and belly button all finely incised.

This wonderfully stylised, slender warrior comes from central Italy, where he would have been dedicated in a shrine or sanctuary as a gift to the gods.

Image rights: ArtAncient

From the collection of Margaret Klein, New York, acquired by the late 1980s.