Thymiaterion; Canosa, Campania, 4th century BC.
Terracotta sculpture with polychromy remains.
Attached thermoluminescence test carried out by the Universidsad Autónoma de Madrid.
The thymiaterion is a type of incense burner, perfume burner, used ceremonially in Classical Antiquity in the Mediterranean region for spiritual and religious purposes.
These incenses come from Ancient Greece. This particular thymiaterion represents the head of a woman seated on a square base and flanked by four cupids sitting in the corners.
The most striking feature of the ensemble is the woman's head, with a serene expression, with its gaze turned upwards, and touched by a set of acanthus leaves arranged like a chalice.
This exceptional work from the ancient region of Canosa (southern Italy) is an excellent example of this type of terracotta from the Hellenistic Period.
Provenance: Purchased by the current owner in the 90´s in a numismatic art fair in Germany, previous, private collection owned before 70's.
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- Ancient Greek, Hellenistic
- Timiatherion with votive head.
- 22×17×17 cm
- Century/ Timeframe
- Siglo IV a.C.
- Good Condition, See Photo