Tarentine Limestone Male Torso
A Tarentine Greek Hellenistic limestone relief torso of a nude male warrior with finely articulated muscles. He advances to his left bearing a short xiphos sword in his right hand.
Taras, Southern Italy.
Tarantum (Taras) was founded in 706 BC by Dorian immigrants from Sparta. It became a commercial power and a sovereign city of Magna Graecia, ruling over the Greek colonies in southern Italy. Renowned for its wealth, Taras was an artistic center producing very fine pottery, sculpture, relief work and coinage.
Published: K. Hamma, ed., The Dechter Collection of Greek Vases, San Bernardino, 1989, p. 83, no. 3.
Formerly in the collection of Aaron and Hanita E. Dechter, a docent at LACMA and member of the Getty Villa Council, acquired in 1989. Exhibited: San Bernardino and Northridge, University Art Galleries, California State University, The Dechter Collection of Greek Vases, 5 May 1989 - 30 March 1990.