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Title archer
Collection Artworld: Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
Date 800-600 BCE
Description This small figurine of an archer stands with the left arm holding a bow across the body and the right arm bent at the elbow with the palm of the hand facing forwards. The right hand is large in comparison with the rest of the body. Incised lines define the fingers on both hands. The figure wears a garment which covers the torso and guards on both th lower legs and left arm. A supply of arrows is carried on the back. The object is made from bronze which is dark brown in colour although some discoloration has ocurred as a green deposit covers much of the surface creating a rough texture. A rust coloured deposit also appears in patches. The head and feet are missing.
Description Source Hannah Thomas
Cultural Context Nuraghic
Id Number Current Accession 589
Location Creation Site Italia, Sardinia
Location Current Repository Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
Subject sculpture in the round, figurine, human figurine, male figurine
Measurements 49 x 108 x 30 mm
Context The Nuraghic culture of Sardinia flourished on the island from about 1600 to 500 BC. The name of this highly distinctive culture derives from the large circular stone fortresses, nuraghe, which are the most characteristic architectural remains of this period. Many bronze statuettes, most of them warriors, have been found in the proximity of these forts (Guido, 1963: 172 ff.).
This warrior belongs to a large class of archer figurines. He stands with his right hand held up in a gesture of salute, and his left hand holds a bow across the front of his body. Slung over his back is a quiver full of arrows. He also has on his back a short sword or a dagger in a scabbard. In addition he has a belted tunic, a ridged neck-guard, an arm-guard and detailed greaves. He lacks the head and feet. An archer with similar armour and pose is in the Museo Archaeologico Nacionale di Cagliari in Sardinia. (Lilliu, 1966: 187-8, no. 98, figs. 227-9).
The dating of these Sardinian bronzes is problematic. The traditional method of dating, based on contacts with, and influences from, other cultures, would date such a figure to the eighth or seventh century BC (Lilliu, 1966: 26-32). However, more recent thinking places them earlier, perhaps from the beginning of the ninth century.
Context Source Reynold Higgins and Louise Schofield. In: Steven Hooper (ed.). 1997. Catalogue to the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. University of East Anglia.
Context Title Published Catalogue
Relation Referenced By Reynold Higgins and Louise Schofield
Relation References Guido, M., 1963, Sardinia. London.

Lilliu, G., 1966, Sculture della Sardegna Nuragica, Verona.
Rights Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA, Norwich, 2002. All Rights reserved
Work Type male figure



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