Nov 12, 2009
Nov 12, 2009
Nov 12, 2009

Patera Support: Lasa

Patera Support: Lasa

300-175 BC

Bronze with silver inlays

Overall: 21.6 cm (8 1/2 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1947.68

Location

Did you know?

This elaborate figure served as a handle or support for a patera, a shallow dish.

Description

Standing on a triangular base, this winged female figure twists her body while admiring herself in the small mirror held in her left hand. Nearly nude, she wears sandals as well as a leopard or panther skin and jewelry inlaid with silver. Above her head and wings, a small portion of a patera, or shallow offering dish, survives. Inscriptions identify similar winged female figures elsewhere in Etruscan art as Lasas, often together with Turan (an Etruscan goddess analogous to the Greek Aphrodite).

See also
Collection: 
GR - Etruscan
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture

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