ancientanimalart: Hand Holding a DoveEtruscan3rd century BCE…

ancientanimalart:

Hand Holding a Dove

Etruscan
3rd century BCE

“Etruscan diviners came in two kinds: augurs, who  interpreted the
movements of birds, and haruspices, who interpreted the entrails of
sacrificed animals. This object relates to the practice of augury,
evoking the hand of an augur holding a dove at the moment before its
release into the sky. The temporal nature of this piece is twofold. It
concerns divination, a system of ascertaining what will occur in the
future, and it represents a pivotal moment in the process itself, the
instant right before the answers will become known.”

RISD Museum