Incense Burner in the shape of a Female Head

Hellenistic Greek, found in Italy

3rd Century BC

Incense burners in this form were used to burn frankincense. The absence of burn marks on this example indicates that it was probably a burial gift. The maiden is probably the goddess Kore (Persephone) who, with her mother Demeter, was deeply revered in South Italy.

Source: The Walters Art Museum

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