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Thymiaterion Supported by a Statuette of Nike

Object Details

Title:

Thymiaterion Supported by a Statuette of Nike

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Greek (Sicilian)

Place:

Sicily, Italy (Place Created)

Date:

500–475 B.C.

Medium:

Terracotta with white slip and polychromy (red, dark blue, black)

Object Number:

86.AD.681

Dimensions:

44.6 × 20.7 × 8.8 cm (17 9/16 × 8 1/8 × 3 7/16 in.)

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Object Description

Nike, the winged goddess of victory, forms the support of this thymiaterion or incense burner. A dove surmounts the openwork lid of the incense bowl. The goddess gestures with her right hand, while pulling her garment to the side with her left. The thymiaterion was originally brightly colored, and still retains traces of red and blue paint.

This Nike's pose and costume are similar to contemporary large-scale marble statues of women known as korai. The shape of the censer and its openwork lid also suggest the influence of metal prototypes.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1986

Robin Symes, Limited, Founded 1977, dissolved 2005 (London, England), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Ancient Art from the Permanent Collection (March 16, 1999 to May 23, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 16, 1999 to May 23, 2004
SICILY: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome (April 3, 2013 to June 15, 2014)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa (Malibu), April 3 to August 19, 2013
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland), September 29, 2013 to January 5, 2014
Bibliography
Bibliography

"Acquisitions/1986." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 15 (1987), pp. 159-60, no. 5.

Fernandez, I. G. "J. Paul Getty Museum." Revista de Arqueologia 115 (1990), p. 52, ill.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 3rd ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1991), p. 40.

Towne Markus, Elana. Masterpieces of the J. Paul Getty Museum: Antiquities. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), frontispiece; p. 79.

Zaccagnino, C. Il thymiaterion nel mondo greco: Analisi delle fonti, tipologia, impieghi. Studia Archeologica 97. (Rome: L'Erma die Bretschneider, 1998), p.195, cat. CT 175.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Antiquities Collection (Los Angeles: 2002), p. 114.

Sacks, David. Encyclopedia of the Ancient Greek World (New York: Facts on File, 2005), p. 225, ill.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 7th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007), p. 22, ill.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Antiquities Collection. Rev. ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2010), p. 112.

Lyons, Claire L., Michael Bennett, and Clemente Marconi, eds. Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2013), p. 188, ill.

Ferruzza, Maria Lucia. Ancient Terracottas from South Italy and Sicily in the J. Paul Getty Museum. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2016), no. 53, ill.

Education Resources
Education Resources

Education Resource

Subjects

Grades

Format

Shaping Ideas

In this lesson plan students consider symbolic forms and sketch their own designs for a symbolic sculpture.

Visual Arts

9-12

Single Class Lesson

Shaping Ideas

In this lesson students evaluate their own sketches, choose a final design, and create their own symbolic sculpture.

Visual Arts

9-12

Three/Five-Part Lesson

Shaping Ideas

In this lesson Students participate in a class critique of the symbolic sculptures they created.

Visual Arts

9-12

Single Class Lesson