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Censer Handle with Virgin Orant

13th–14th century
Cast copper alloy
Overall: 5 9/16 x 4 7/8 x 3/8 in. (14.1 x 12.4 x 0.9 cm)
Metalwork-Copper alloy
Credit Line:
Gift of Estate of Lawrence J. Majewski, 1999
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 303
In later Byzantine churches, incense was released from standing censers with large handles (katzen). On this handle, the Virgin is shown in the prayer pose that became traditional in the early Byzantine period.
Inscription: Inscribed in Greek: [initials for] Mother of God
Lawrence J. Majewski, Wappingers Falls, New York (1950s-1999)
Gómez-Moreno, Carmen. Medieval Art from Private Collections: A Special Exhibition at The Cloisters, October 30, 1968 through January 5, 1969. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1968. no. 87.

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