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Byzantine Bronze Incense Burner - LK.093
Origin: Eastern Mediterranean
Circa: 500 AD to 700 AD
Dimensions: 15.00" (38.1cm) high
Collection: Byzantine
Style: Byzantine
Medium: Bronze

Location: Great Britain
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Incense had a primary importance in Byzantine culture.

Burnt in Churches, homes, and cemeteries, incense filled with its fragrance the daily lives of the inhabitants of the Byzantine Empire. Apart from the complex liturgical use of the resins there was also a private one in houses, where people were encouraged to burn perfumed resins as an aid to their private worship and to create an aura of sanctity.

This incense burner is composed by a cylindrical bowl where coal and resins were mixed to produce smoke, and three chains joined by a hook. The hook was used to suspend the vessel, probably in front of an icon. - (LK.093)


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