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Thymiaterion Supported by a Statuette of Nike
Sicily, Italy (Place Created)
Terracotta with white slip and polychromy (red, dark blue, black)
44.6 × 20.7 × 8.8 cm (17 9/16 × 8 1/8 × 3 7/16 in.)
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.
Robin Symes, Limited, Founded 1977, dissolved 2005 (London, England), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986.
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