Nov 12, 2009
Nov 12, 2009
Nov 12, 2009
Nov 12, 2009
Nov 12, 2009

Incense Burner

Incense Burner

100s BC

Bronze

Overall: 61 cm (24 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1952.96

Location

Did you know?

The circular depression on the top of this object likely held incense.

Description

Both elaborate and functional, the Etruscan thymiaterion, or incense burner, typically comprises at least three main part—tripod stand, shaft, and, at the top, a shallow bowl for incense. Often, a figural support is incorporated, here in the form of a youthful male nude, perhaps the wine god Dionysos. Below him, the tripod stand features cloven hoofs, while above him a spotted cat or panther climbs toward a rooster or other crested bird. Holes in each corner of the square upper plate likely held additional animals or other ornaments.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Etruscan
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Metalwork
Medium: 
Bronze

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