Bronze candelabrum with the figure of a warrior


British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

In the ancient world light was usually provided by lamps filled with olive-oil and sometimes supported on elaborate stands. This object, though, is a candelabrum, and when in use would have had a candle attached to each of the four prongs. It is a characteristically Etruscan type of object, and a fine example of the way the bronze smiths elaborately decorated versions of everyday objects. The stand would have been made in several parts, each cast separately. Particular attention was paid to a decorative figure for the top, and many different types are known. Here a warrior stands in an alert and rather aggressive stance, his head turned, his left foot and his shield arm forward and his sword arm flexed, ready for action. He wears a decorated tunic and a crested helmet of Athenian type.

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  • Title: Bronze candelabrum with the figure of a warrior
  • Date Created: -475/-450
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 1.37m
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: cast
  • Subject: warrior
  • Registration number: 1846,0629.44
  • Production place: Made in Vulci
  • Period/culture: Etruscan
  • Material: bronze
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from Campanari