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Incense Burner

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.
DATES ca. 5th century C.E.
DIMENSIONS 11 1/4 x diam. 5 1/2 in. (28.5 x 14 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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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
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