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Bronze thymiaterion (incense burner)

Period:
Late Archaic
Date:
late 6th–early 5th century B.C.
Culture:
Etruscan
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 10 5/8 in. (27 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Gift from the family of Howard J. Barnet, in his memory, 1992
Accession Number:
1992.262
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
The calyx-shaped receptacle on the woman's head was probably originally surmounted by a shaft. Utensils incorporating human figures as supports or handles were as popular in Etruria as in Greece. This incense burner is exceptional, not only for the rendering of the woman, who is both statuesque and decorative, but also for the manner in which every part emphasizes her three-dimensionality.
Mertens, Joan R. and Carlos A. Picón. 1993. "Acquisitions in Focus I: Greek and Roman Antiquities at the Metropolitan Museum." Apollo, 138: pp. 40-44, fig. 3.

Mertens, Joan R., Dr. 1993. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1992-1993." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 51(2): p. 10.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1993. "One Hundred Twenty-third Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1992 through June 30, 1993." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 123: p. 29.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 325, pp. 283, 471, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 5. 16, p. 155, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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