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.
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