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Censer with Animal and Scroll Motifs

Date:
13th century
Culture:
North Italian
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
Overall (with chain): 12 1/2 x 4 5/8 in. (31.8 x 11.7 cm) Overall (without chain): 5 7/16 x 4 5/8 in. (13.8 x 11.7 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Copper alloy
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1909
Accession Number:
09.152.5
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
Burning incense during church services symbolizes prayers rising to heaven. The architectural form of this censer is enriched by the animal forms that inhabit the surface.
Robert Forrer, Colmar (sold 1909)
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