Bronze thymiaterion (incense burner)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170

Incense burners were popular items among the Etruscans, who often buried their dead with them. This example is typical of a type normally associated with Vulci, the site of extensive bronze-working activity throughout much of Etruscan history. A robust nude youth, a descendant of the Greek kouros type, stands on a triangular platform supported by a tripod with lion's-paw feet. The shaft rising from his head terminates in a plant-like form that originally supported a small bowl for the incense.

Bronze thymiaterion (incense burner), Bronze, Etruscan

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