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  • Thymiaterion (incense burner) with Marsyas, late 4th century b.c.; Classical
    Etruscan
    Bronze; H. 21 in. (53.3 cm)
    Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971 (1972.118.87)

    This thymiaterion, or 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 proper right leg is inscribed with the Etruscan word SUTHINA, a funerary custom indicating that this object was dedicated as a tomb offering and, therefore, not for use by the living. Owing to the relatively good preservation of the burner’s surfaces, the inscription may have been added when the object was made. If so, the burner was never intended for use in a domestic or religious setting but rather only by the deceased in the afterlife.

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  • Thymiaterion (incense burner) with Marsyas, late 4th century B.C.; Classical
    Etruscan
    Bronze; H. 21 in. (53.3 cm)
    Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971 (1972.118.87)

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