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Bronze thymiaterion (incense burner) with Marsyas

Period:
Classical
Date:
late 4th century B.C.
Culture:
Etruscan
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H.: 21 in. (53.3 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971
Accession Number:
1972.118.87
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
This magnificent incense burner is embellished with a figure of Marsyas, the ill-fated satyr who was punished for his hubris by Apollo. We see him bound to the shaft of the incense burner where he will be flayed alive. His leg is inscribed with the Etruscan word SUTHINA, a funerary custom indicating that this object was dedicated as a tomb offering.
von Bothmer, Dietrich and René d'Harnoncourt. 1950. Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities: An Exhibition from the Collection of Walter Cummings Baker, Esq. no. 39, p. 9, New York: Walter Cummings Baker.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1975. "Notable Acquisitions, 1965-1975." The Metropolitan Museum of Art, : p. 121.

Ambrosini, Laura. 2002. Thymiateria etruschi in bronzo: di età tardo classica, alto e medio ellenistica. no. 319, p. 276, pl. 85, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 354, pp. 302, 475, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 2.4, pp. 11, 14, 22, 205, 209, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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