Tarantine Limestone Male Torso
A Tarantine 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.
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.