Etruscan Thin Man with Hat BRONZE statue sculpture Item No. 5102 Reproduction after Museum Original Etruscan Culture from Etruria (region north of Rome, Italy) In pre-Roman Italy what we know today as Tuscany was inhabited by the Etruscans, a people who developed their own distinctive culture from the 8th century BC. The Etruscans earned their considerable wealth through overseas trade in ceramics, wine and iron. They were notorious pirates. From the 5th century, they were increasingly attracted by the Celts from one side and the Italians from the other. A fleet from Syracuse destroyed their seaports, which was the start of the gradual decline of the independent Etruscan culture. By the 3rd century, the Etruscans had come under Roman Rule. The Etruscan culture had unmistakable Greek influences, and formed the basis for much of the later Roman culture. The Etruscans long remained an intriguing, almost mythical people for the Roman elite. Etruscan slaves and women were remarkably emancipated, and their free sexual morals were condemned long after the civilization's decline. Etruscan Thin Bronze Figures Inspired by the large Greek statues of nude men (kouroi) and clothed women (korai), a flourishing tradition developed in Etruria. However, in contrast to the Greeks, the Etruscans did not seek to perfectly represent the human body. They emphasized the appearance of their sculptures in an almost expressionistic way. The peak of this obstinate conception of art was reached with the so-called stretched figures: elongated, flat figures, usually made between the 5th and the 2nd century BC. They originated in Southern Etruria, where small figures were cut from thin sheets of metal starting in the 8th century. The slender figure of an Etruscan boy became the most famous stretched figure thanked to the story of its discovery; a farmer found the figure while working his land near Volterra in 1870. He used it as a fire poker for years. Many artists, including the famous Italian sculptor Giacometti have taken inspiration from the beautiful, abstract forms of the famous Etruscan stretched figures.
What is the difference between 100% solid bronze (lost wax cast) and Bonded Bronze (cold cast)? Our bronze sculptures are made either in Cold Cast Bronze or Hot Cast Bronze (lost wax bronze), or both. Cold Cast Bronze and Hot Cast Bronze and two different methods of creating bronze objects. 1) Hot-Cast Bronze is actually Bronze - essentially copper and tin. The making of a Hot-Cast Bronze is a complex and time consuming process, and specific technical expertise is needed to accomplish the task of making a bronze. The most known and used process for making sculpture is called the "Lost Wax" Process, and involves pouring of molten bronze. Our larger sculptures are made of Hot-Cast or lost wax bronze. 2) Cold-Cast Bronze, also referred to as "bonded bronze," is a product made from resin mixed/blended with 100% pure bronze powder to give it the appearance of the true bronze. It looks just as a hot-cast bronze object does - both are bronzes. Some of our smaller sculptures are made of cold cast bronze. The cost for making a hot-cast bronze statue is much greater than that of a cold-cast bronze statue. A sculpture made of hot-cast bronze would be several times more expensive then made in cold cast bronze. Yet in either of the above materials, the casts (the final product made out of the mold) are made using the same rubber mold; which is taken from the original sculpture. Thus, the final result is exactly the same bronze sculpture, only made in a different bronze material. With the cold cast we still achieve the same bronze effect at much lower cost and thus is more affordable.
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