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Censer: M.6-1952

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 32 (Rothschild)






Bronze. Globular in shape, in two halves:
a) the lid having an open-work pattern, partly scroll design, and ending in a small turret
b) the bowl is solid, decorated with scroll pattern repousse.


History note: Bought by the Friends from Dr Hildburgh

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 3½ in
Height: 5½ in

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1952-07-31) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


12th Century
Circa 1100 - 1200


Censers are containers in which incense is burned on hot charcoal. During Mass, blessings, and processions, they are swung so that scented smoke disperses, symbolising the ascent of prayers to God.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.6-1952
Primary reference Number: 13929
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 19 January 2021 Last processed: Monday 15 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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