you know I was kind of doubtful of posting some ancient art done by the Etruscans, because I wasn’t too sure about how they represented their art, but I couldn’t resist. Here are some ancient depictions of some Etruscans that I manage to find.
I had some mixed feelings about the Etruscans, until I did my research about their origins. Apparently they mostly indigenous to the Italian Peninsula, but with significant Aegean (Anatolian) ancestry, which explains images such as these....
Aristocratic Male Figure from the Tomb of Necropolis in Paestum, Campania, Italy
A fresco of dark complexioned Boxers, from a Lucan tomb, Basilicata, Italy
It’s interesting to see images such as these in pre Roman Italy, especially since these images are in the heartland of the entire “Mediterranean” world. These paintings reflect the racial diversity of their part of the world and contradicts Mediterranean racialists notions! These frescoes are just a couple years older than the Roman Republic, it wouldn’t be surprising to see remnants of these populations present during the height of the Roman Empire! Speaking of which here are frescoes from the height of the Roman Empire in the 1st century CE.
A Roman fresco depicting Priests making an ancestral sacrifice at an alter, from house altar/lararium, House of Julius Polybius, Pompeii
A Roman fresco depicting a Genius making a sacrifice at an altar while two Lares stand on either side, from the same city
Note that in both frescoes, the individuals are portrayed with a reddish brown complexion, especially the fresco
Kel, I don't think this is a fake. The way I see this artifact, is the Asiatic hue seems to have been a slight deeply reddish undertone, but after centuries of being less preserved, the Asiatic's complexion have worn off. I assume this because you can see a deep reddish tint on the tip of his finger.