History: Around the end of the VI Century B.C. the Tarquinians were expelled from Rome. The one named the Superb (VII and last king of Rome), in order to regain the throne, asked the help of the Etruscan Dodecapolis, which was a Confederation of twelve towns of Etruria, the most important culture at that time in the Italian peninsula. Lars Porsenna the King of Clusium was nominated as the Commanding Officer of the army. Around the year 508 Porsenna laid siege to Rome and his name became legendary, along with the names of his famous Roman enemies Publio Orazio Coclite (one-eyed) and Muzio Cordo Scevola (left- handed). The siege ended with no change in the situation. Porsenna was defeated in Ariccia by the Latin League in the year 505. The figurine is based on archaeological finds exhibited in the museums of Athens, Rome, London and New York. The Etruscans had copied from the Greeks the hoplite phalanx and the related panoply ,which resulted similar with the exception of decorative details. The two-edged axe was not only a good weapon but also the symbol of Command. The cuirass is of the so called bell type model , it is an evolution of the archaic type and precedes the muscular type. The helmet is also an archaic model and precedes the more famous Corinthian model. The figurine of the King is not shown in a fighting position therefore the hoplon ( round shield) that protected the left side of the body during battle is missing. The King is splendidly armed with bronze protections over almost all his body.
Painting instructions: Each one of the following items to be painted in bronze :Cuirass, two-edged axe, arms legs and feet protections, shin guards and helmet . Crest : horse hair red or purple. Sword sheath : wooden leather coated or totally bronze. Tunic: white or purple with Greek geometrical decorations at the hems. Mantle: The mantle of the King is purple and richly decorated at the hems.
Sculptor: Maurizio Bruno
Historical research: Stefano Castracane
Translation: Riccardo Carrabino