Incense burner (thymiaterion)

Greek, South Italian
Early Hellenistic Period
about 320 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia, Gnathia


Top: h. 5.5 cm., Diameter ca. 10 cm. Stand: h. 28 cm., Diameter of base: ca. 14.8 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Gnathian Ware

Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



Incense Burner (Thymiaterion)
Two pieces: Solid top in form of a stopper; black-glazed shallow bowl for incense; flat rim w. squared outer edge, raised ridge on inner edge; insert portion reserved. Hollow stand: round mouth at top, concave rim, everted lip; cylindrical neck w. three ridges; curved shoulder, wide ridge, concave cylindrical body, wide base. Black glaze, white and red stripes, yellow wave pattern and dabs on ridges, circle and rosette variations on shoulder. Around body: woman spinning, musical cupids, girl, horse, and dog.


By 1995: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., May 24, 1995

Credit Line

Given in memory of Benjamin Rowland Jr. by his wife and daughters