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


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.