Fine Etruscan incense burner adorned with a feline that pursues a rooster. The tall shaft shows a polygonal and a spirally-fluted section, sequenced by tiny spheres with acanthus leave capitals.
Artistically decorated incense burners made of bronze have survived in Etruria, since they accompanied the deceased as grave offerings.
For similar examples, cf. nos. 32-34 in: Ines Stucker. Italy of the Etruscans. Jerusalem exhibition catalogue. Mainz 1991.
Other than Etruscan candelabra, the small sized thymiateria were placed on tables, as depicted on the famous mural painting of the Golini tomb I in Orvieto (cf. Ines Stucker, p. 42).
Etruscan, 4th century BC
H. 32.2 cm (12.7 in)
H. with stand 35.5 cm (14 in)
Solid shaft cast in separate parts, the tripod base and the bowl for incense burning missing.
From old US collection as deducible from the stand which is covered with old brittle velour keeping some last remains of burgundy pile. Old labels underneath.
Ex Maryland collection of Elizabeth Cohen.
The authenticity of the object is unconditionally guaranteed.