The Etruscans were an indigenous people who primarily inhabited that region of central Italy (Etruria) extending between the Arno and the Tiber Rivers. The Etruscan culture initially developed from an early Iron Age civilization in northern Italy known as Villanovan and other influences from the eastern Mediterranean. The Etruscans prospered from the 8th to the 2nd century B.C., when they were gradually overpowered and their culture was absorbed by the expansion of the Romans. The agriculturally rich land of Etruria contained copious mineral supplies of copper and iron, and subsequently the Etruscans became master bronze smiths who exported their work throughout the Mediterranean. Etruscan art is widely admired for its figural sculptures and statuettes of bronze or terracotta, bronze metalwork, painted terracotta, and wall paintings. Etruscan gold-work and jewelry, including engraved gems, were as highly prized in antiquity as they are in our own day. As a result of their extensive contact with other peoples, which was initially brought about by trade, the Etruscan culture was heavily influence by Greeks and their neighbors and trading partners from the east. Despite outside influences however, Etruscan art has been recognized as a particularly distinct and unique product of Italian culture.
Etruscan Amphora with a Siren
Etruscan Black figure Amphora
Etruscan Bronze Engraved Mirror
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Etruscan Bronze Figure of a Man Holding a Kantharos
Etruscan Bronze Panther
Etruscan Mesomphalic Phiale
Etruscan Nenfro Protome of an Animal
Etruscan Terracotta head of a young man
Etruscan Terracotta Ribbed Alabastron
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Villanovan Bronze Figurine