Exhibitions/ Art Object

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
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.
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.

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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