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Perfume jar (balsamarium) in the shape of female head (Aphrodite / Turan?)

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A balsamarium or perfume vase in the shape of a woman's head, most likely the goddess of love Turan or the Lassae, Etruscan spirits of beauty who waited on divine and mortal women at their toilet. As it was found in a tomb in Etruria (between Ferentinum and Bomarzo), most likely a prized...

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By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: found in a tomb on the road between Ferentinum and Bomarzo with MFA 98.683 and 98.684); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Italic, Etruscan, Hellenistic Period, late 3rd–early 2nd century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 505; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 125 (additional published references).


Overall: 10.5 x 7.6 x 6.4 cm (4 1/8 x 3 x 2 1/2 in.)

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The Ancient World