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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
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 302
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.
West Court of the Monastery of Epiphanius, Thebes; Estate of J. Pierpont Morgan(sold 1944)
Humphrey, Lyle. "Collecting Christianity on the Nile: J. Pierpont Morgan and The Metropolitan Museum of Art." In Age of Transition: Byzantine Culture in the Islamic World, edited by Helen C. Evans. New York: Yale University Press, 2015. p. 11, fig. 12.



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