Incense Burner from the Byzantine period (5th–8th century AD)
The Byzantine period was a time of great growth for the Christian church. As church tradition developed, incense burning, using an incense burner such as this one, became an integral part of worship. In Roman thought, fragrances held great power. Pleasant odors could heal the body and uplift the mind. In homes, perfumes were added to the oil in common oil lamps, sweetening the air. But, fragrance also had an association with the divine. Lovely perfumes represented God and all things good, while stenches represented the devil and all things evil. Thus it was natural to burn incense in Byzantine churches, filling the house of God with a pleasant aroma.
“Then another angel, having a golden censer, came, and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand.” – Revelation 8:3–4
This Byzantine incense burner dates to the 5th–8th centuries AD. It is round and cup-like with a single handle. It stands on a high base. The exterior is beautifully decorated with geometric designs.
Height:4.5″ Inches 11 Cm.
Width:5″Inches / 12 CM.
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