Pendant in the form of a dancing youth

Italic or Italic, Etruscan
Late Archaic Period
early 5th century B.C.


Length x width: 7.2 x 3.7 cm (2 13/16 x 1 7/16 in.)

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On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Dark red amber carved in the form of a nude man. His head is turned over his left shoulder. He has long hair and wears a small cap. The twists and turns of his body conform to the shape of the amber. The backside is not carved. A narrow hole has been drilled through the piece from the proper right shoulder to the proper left cheek. Figured ambers were most likely used as pendants, but they may also have been worn as individual amulets carried in pouches or strung together on a cord and worn around the arm or across the chest.


According to the MFA Annual Report for 1902 the Buffum collection included a group of objects that "were all found at Palestrina many years ago, in the excavations conducted by Signor Castellani, Mr. Buffum being present at the time of their discovery"; by date unknown: William Arnold Buffum Collection (died 1901); 1901: inherited by Miss Charlotte Wissmann; May 1, 1902: gift of Miss Charlotte Wissmann to MFA

Credit Line

Gift of Miss C. Wissmann