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Terracotta Incense Burner - P.0481
Origin: Beit Mirsim, Israel
Circa: 900 BC to 700 BC
Dimensions: 5" (12.7cm) high x 5" (12.7cm) wide
Collection: Biblical
Style: Iron Age
Medium: Terracotta

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Since the dawn of time, in every part of the world, man has worshiped his gods with the burning of fragrant woods, oils and spices. The ancient trade routes to the East did a thriving business in incense, and the shrines and temples of antiquity were laden with the precious smoke from its burning. Centuries ago, in the age of David and Solomon, some now-forgotten person placed incense in this brazier so that the smoke would rise through the holes to please some unknown god. It was not perhaps the gift of a wealthy person, yet in the presence of this vessel we feel the power of those ancient aspirations and dreams. - (P.0481)

 

 

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