10 December 2004
AN ETRUSCAN BRONZE THYMIATERION
CIRCA LATE 4TH-EARLY 3RD CENTURY B.C.
The tripod base formed of three hippocamps supported by their tails, their crested horse heads raised toward the base of the shaft, with a woman, perhaps Turan, the goddess of love, standing on a round pad, depicted nude but for her shod feet, standing with her left knee slightly bent, her weight in her right hip, the left arm akimbo with the fingers curled outward, her right arm projecting forward, likely once holding a mirror, her incised hair brushed forward, the shaft with spiral incision rising from above her head, supporting the shallow circular bowl, its overhanging rim incised with tongues
15¼ in. (38.7 cm.) high
with Royal-Athena Galleries, Beverly Hills, 1995.
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For the type see no. 168, p. 223 in Haynes, Etruscan Bronzes.
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