German museum celebrates ancient Etruscan culture as innovation force

KARLSRUHE, GERMANY (dpa)- A German museum unveiled on Wednesday a new exhibition celebrating the role of Italy's ancient and rich Etruscan culture as a force for innovation.
"The Etruscans - World Culture in Ancient Italy" is the first major exhibition dedicated to the ancient civilization to be staged in Germany, the Badisches Landesmuseum in the south-western city of Karlsruhe said.

About 400 objects from Italy – some of which have never been shown in Germany - are to be on display at the Karlsruhe exhibition, which opens on Friday and is being mounted in co-operation with the Italian Ministry of Culture.
The Etruscans dominated large parts of ancient Italy before the Romans and helped to shape the nation's development between the 10th and 1st centuries BC, included creating their own language.
Historians see the Etruscans as a progressive civilization, forging modern urban centres with paved roads and sewage systems as well as buildings centred around open courtyards or atria.
The Karlsruhe exhibition covers about 1,000 square metres and features models, animations as well as archaeological finds.
It also includes goods found in Etruscan graves such as ornate bronze drinking bottles, skewers, knives, finely crafted pottery and gold ornaments.
Among the highlights of the show are the life-size bronze statue of the Etruscan Avle Metele from the 2nd to the 1st century BC and the 2,300-year-old bronze figure Ombra della Sera (Evening Shadow) from Volterra in Tuscany.

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