Art: Fallen Warriors

For more than 30 years, the U.S. public has particularly favored a gallery in Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum of Art that displayed sculptures of three Etruscan warriors said to be 2,300 years old.

One is a helmeted head nearly five feet tall. The two others are fierce full-length figures girded for battle. Of the world's Etruscan treasures,* these three were regarded by some scholars as among the finest—until last week. For the first time in its history, the Met had to announce that it was housing a fake.

The three sculptures had impressive credentials. Each...

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