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Museu de Tortosa


Female bust. 4th-3rd century BC

Female bust. 4th-3rd century BC

Here we see a collection of busts depicting a Greek goddess. Among all the possible uses, of particular interest is that of a thymiaterion, a Greek word for the vessels used to burn aromatic substances for spiritual and religious purposes. They had a hole in the back which served two purposes: to prevent breakage while it was being fired in the kiln and to draw in air to help burn the substances deposited in the perforated pan at the top.

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