Bronze thymiaterion (incense burner)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170

The calyx-shaped receptacle on the woman's head was probably originally surmounted by a shaft. Utensils incorporating human figures as supports or handles were as popular in Etruria as in Greece. This incense burner is exceptional, not only for the rendering of the woman, who is both statuesque and decorative, but also for the manner in which every part emphasizes her three-dimensionality.

Bronze thymiaterion (incense burner), Bronze, Etruscan

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