Iberian thymiaterion (6.30 x 4.72 in)
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Ceramic reproduction of an Iberian thymiaterion (or perfume-burner) in the shape of a female head, based on both punic and iberian archeological parallels. 3rd-2nd century BC.
Thymiateria is a type of terracotta inspired by Greek designs that was likely originally conceived as a burner or censer in Punic areas (from where it was exported and disseminated). Over time, it lost (or shared) that function with a votive purpose (as offerings), primarily in Iberian areas, where the production would be mostly indigenous .
Most researchers accept an ancient use in Punic areas as perfume burners (with an upper basin, generally perforated, presence of charcoal residues, or their appearance in funerary and religious contexts). However, many specimens are neither perforated nor have been in contact with fire, which suggests that over time, this initial function of burning aromatic substances shared the spotlight with a votive use (as offerings)."