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by Archaeology Newsroom

Early Christian and Byzantine Censers at the Benaki Museum

The censers of the Benaki Museum presented here are all copper alloys. Depending on their form, these can be put into four categories: a) Box shaped, with a lion grasping a boar on its sliding lid, from Egypt (no. 11533), b) Chalice-shaped with a hemispherical cover, from Egypt (nos. 11470, 11527), d) The so-called “katsi” type, a funerary censer with a broad handle (nos. 11469, 11402, 21502). The two first of these censers are the most elaborately decorated ones and they enrich considerably our knowledge of paleologian(?) metalwork.