Handbook of the Etruscan Collection

Handbook of the Etruscan Collection

Handbook of the Etruscan Collection

Handbook of the Etruscan Collection

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The purpose of this handbook is to make the important collection of Etruscan art in the Metropolitan Museum more generally known by brief descriptions and copious illustrations. Inevitably a short survey of Etruscan history has had to be woven into the descriptive matter; for just as history is clarified by reference to contemporary objects, so the objects, to be understood, must be viewed against the background of their history. The rise, zenith, and decline of Etruscan art were directly conditioned by historical events.

The list of references cited at the end of the book may serve as a selected bibliography of Etruscan history and archaeology. These accounts, it will be found, often contradict one another -particularly regarding the origin of the Etruscans; for a history of Etruria written on the present evidence can only be tentative. Naturally this applies also to the survey here given.

The illustrations in this handbook have been made as plentiful as possible and include many pieces not heretofore published; but objects that were figured in our Catalogue of Bronzes have been reproduced in this book only if they are of special importance or if better views than those already published can now be supplied. No references to case numbers are given; but a finding list has been laid in. The headbands and tailpieces of the chapters and the decoration on the cover reproduce drawings by Lindsley F. Hall.

In the preparation of my text I have had the advantage of discussing some of the problems involved with several of my colleagues. My special thanks are due to Edith Hall Dohan for assistance in the Introduction and Chapters I and II; to George M. A. Hanfmann, who has had the kindness to read . . .

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