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Balsamarium in the Form of a Deity with Winged Helmet
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Balsamarium in the Form of a Deity with Winged Helmet


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Description This balsamarium could represent Turan, the Etruscan goddess of love and fertility, or one of the Lasas, deities who guard graves. The round, full shapes of the face and the detailed rendering of the hair and eyes enhance the sculptural quality of the figure. It possessed a lid (now missing) and could have been suspended by the two rings on the top of the head. It was used on funerary or cult occasions and as a perfume container.
Provenance Jacob Hirsch; Sotheby's, New York, 1988; Herbert and Marilyn Scher, Pikesville, 1988, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2002, by gift.
Credit Gift of Marilyn and Herbert Scher, 2002

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Period
first half 3rd century BC
Medium
bronze
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.3004
Measurements
4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm)
Geographies
  • Italy (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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