Each of the six elegantly worked figures stands under an arcade. Christ is flanked by the apostles Peter and Paul, and the Virgin by archangels.The inscription indicates that this beautiful censer was given as a votive gift to a church or a shrine.
Said to be from Mesembria (now Nesebâr, Bulgaria); Private Collection, Nebraska (about 1915-1955); Melvin A. Whittler, West Dummerston, Vt. (about 1955–1985)
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Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 45, p. 37.
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