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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