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Censer with a Lioness Hunting a Boar

Date:
6th–7th century
Geography:
Made in Byzantine Egypt
Culture:
Coptic
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall: 5 3/16 x 4 1/8 x 2 1/16 in. (13.2 x 10.4 x 5.3 cm) Overall (with chain suspended): 8 13/16 x 4 1/8 x 2 1/16 in. (22.4 x 10.4 x 5.3 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Bronze
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1944
Accession Number:
44.20a, b
  • Description

    Discovered hidden in a rock crevice, this censer was cast so that the smoke of the incense would emerge through the mouths and ears of the lioness and boar. An elephant worked in relief, rather than a Christian symbol, appears on its front.

  • Provenance

    West Court of the Monastery of Epiphanius, Thebes; Estate of J. Pierpont Morgan(sold 1944)

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