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Apollo of Veii

Apollo of Veii, 520 BCE — The Etruscans,
180 cm

This life-size terracotta figure is Apollo, dressed in a fine tunic and with the long elegant curls of the divine. He extends his hand, to Heracles negotiation the ownership of a legendary deer with golden horns. The figure is what is known as an acroterion, an ornament placed on a flat base, in this case, at the top of the Portonaccio sanctuary in the Etruscan city of Veii, near Rome.

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