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Terracotta thymiaterion (incense burner)

Associated with the Stuttgart Group
Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
ca. 325–300 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian, Apulian
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 12 in. (30.5 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1021.220
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161
The shape of this ritual object is strongly articulated and the decoration combines figural and ornamental motifs. Often represented in Greek art as an attendant at religious rituals, Eros is shown here seated, holding a situla and a phiale, ritual implements used for libations to the gods. Eros was a popular subject on painted funerary vases from southern Italy.
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. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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 Zurich und Munchen.

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

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