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Incense burner with its chain

Period:
Third Intermediate Period
Dynasty:
Dynasty 21–24
Date:
ca. 1070–712 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Eastern Delta, Tell Basta (Bubastis)
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
H. 5.5 cm (2 3/16 in.); Bowl: Diam. 10.8 cm (4 1/4 in.); Lid: Diam. 10.5 cm (4 1/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.228.183a–d
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 130
This round incense burner has a flat bottom and domed lid decorated around the edge with triangles perhaps meant to mimic a floral pattern, with an inner circle composed of pairs of drop-shaped holes that provided a place for the smoke to escape. A corroded chain made from four braided wires was found inside.
Discovered at Tell Basta during construction of the railway, 1906. Purchased by the Museum from Maurice Nahman, 1907.

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