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Limestone thymiaterion (incense burner)

Date:
2nd quarter of 5th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
Overall: 9 x 4 3/8 x 6 7/8 in. (22.9 x 11.1 x 17.5 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2814
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 175
A seated sphinx supports a shallow bowl in which incense was burned within a sanctuary. Like all ancient stone sculpture, the work was brightly colored, and abundant traces of red, yellow, and black pigment are still visible.
From a tomb at Kythrea

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1089, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 355, pp. 223-4, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Stone Sculpture. no. 379, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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