Girl Acrobat

Etruscan 

replica: from the British Museum, London

date of the original: c. 3rd to 2nd century BC 

provenance of the original: now in the British Museum, London

description: Female figure in a back-bend position. Resin replica with dark green finish; bronze original. Height 6.5 cm, length 14.5 cm, depth 4 cm.

Etruscan works of art were greatly inspired by Greek models and were sometimes the creation of imported Greek craftsmen, though the Etruscans were themselves clever workmen.

This figure once formed the handle of a bronze box of the type called cistae which were placed in tombs and contained small offerings, usually toiletries.

(See also: Girl Athlete.)