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Thurible

<p>Sixth century thurible, of possibly oriental manufacture, from the excavation site of Bovalar (Ser&ograve;s).</p>

Sixth century thurible, of possibly oriental manufacture, from the excavation site of Bovalar (Seròs).

Bronze thurible, with a chain, from the basilica of Bovalar. It has a cylindrical body and smooth, even walls, and is supported by three feet ending in catlike claws, for resting it on the ground. Its hemispherical lid is topped with a flower in which are nestled a pine cone and a dove. The lid features three circles through which the smoke from the incense would have wafted, with an inscription of the anagram of Christ’s name intertwined through them. Its place of origin may be somewhere in the Middle East, Egypt perhaps, or even Italy, made to an oriental model.

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