This incense burner was constructed in three parts: a tripod base with claw feet, an upright supporting base, and a cup decorated with openwork rings that support doves. The three parts may not have been made at the same time.
The cup is inscribed with a menorah and three lines of Greek that read:
In fulfillment of a vow of Auxanon:
Blessed are you, O Lord,
Who separates the holy from the profane.
This could be a Greek translation of the Hebrew blessing made at the Havdalah ceremony at the end of the Sabbath.
- Culture: Coptic
- Medium: Bronze
- Dates: ca. 5th century C.E.
- Dimensions: 11 1/4 x diam. 5 1/2 in. (28.5 x 14 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 41.684
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Coptic. Incense Burner, ca. 5th century C.E. Bronze, 11 1/4 x diam. 5 1/2 in. (28.5 x 14 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 41.684. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (62%)