Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
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.
ca. 5th century C.E.
11 1/4 x diam. 5 1/2 in. (28.5 x 14 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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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
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