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Terracotta thymiaterion (incense burner)

Associated with the Stuttgart Group
ca. 325–300 B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Apulian
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 12 in. (30.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161
On the shaft, seated Eros. On the top, head of a woman

As with the adjacent thymiaterion in the Gnathian technique (26.60.74), the shape here is strongly articulated, and the decoration combines figural and ornamental motifs. The traditional red-figure painting appears sober indeed compared to the rococo effect of the Gnathian piece.
Mayo, Margaret Ellen and Kenneth Hamma. 1982. The Art of South Italy: Vases from Magna Graecia no. 81, pp. 192, 295, Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1986. Atherion-Eros, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 3. Eros, no. 470e, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

Zaccagnino, Cristiana. 1998. Il Thymiaterion nel Mondo Greco: analisi delle fonti, tipologia, impieghi. p. 176, Roma: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Heuer, Keely Elizabeth. 2015. "Vases with Faces: Isolated Heads in South Italian Vase Painting." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 50: p. 76, figs. 27a, b.

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