Thymiaterion Supported by a Statuette of Nike

Object Details

Title:

Thymiaterion Supported by a Statuette of Nike

Artist/Maker(s):

Unknown

Culture:

Greek (Sicilian)

Place(s):

Sicily (Place created)

Date:

500 - 480 B.C.

Medium:

Terracotta with polychromy

Dimensions:

44.6 x 7 cm (17 9/16 x 2 3/4 in.)

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Nike, the winged goddess of victory, forms the support of this thymiaterion or incense burner. A bird 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. This Nike's pose and costume are identical with contemporary large-scale marble statues of women known as korai. Although terracotta sculpture is found in mainland Greece, artists in the Greek colonies in South Italy, where this piece was made, used clay with greater frequency and often on a larger scale, because there were few sources of good stone suitable for sculpting.

The thymiaterion, originally brightly colored, still retains traces of pink, red, and blue paint. Since the inside of the bowl shows no signs of burning, the piece may have been put in a tomb without ever being used.

Related Works
Provenance
- 1986

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

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

"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, Nv (1990), pp. 48-56. 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.

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

Sacks, David. Encyclopedia of the Ancient Greek World (New York: Facts on File, Inc., 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.

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