A rare bronze censer or oil lamp. The half-round bowl rests on a low ring foot decorated with incised concentric circles and a rim with three raised loops, hanging from chains joined to a triple "lunula" (moon-shapes) and continuing into a long rod with large suspension hook at the end. Censers, also referred to as incense burners, are often difficult to differentiate from lamps, which they resemble because they share a number of similar characteristics. Therefore, this particular example although very likely an incense burner may have been used as a lamp. The "lunula" shapes may refer to the light which is needed during the night.
Late Roman / Early Byzantine. 5th-7th century A.D.
Provenance: acquired from the private collection of Mr. J.D. (Brussels, BE) in 2015.
In perfect condition with a beautiful green patina and a dry crusty patina from use on the inside.
Dimensions: H (object) 38cm ; H (with stand) 41.5cm ; diameter (bowl) 10.5cm
Beautifully displayed on a high quality, custom-made metal stand.
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