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Gods and spirits in
Anglo-Saxon England

Censer cover

Height: 9.700 cm

M&ME 1960,7-1,1

Censer cover

From: Pershore, Worcestershire
Date: late 10th - early 11th century AD

This bronze object was used as the cover for a censer, a special container used to burn incense in a Christian church. The censer was probably hung from a chain and the sweet-smelling smoke escaped through the holes. Incense is used in many countries and religions.

The cover has been designed to look like a church itself. Have a look for the animal heads decorating it, like gargoyles on a church tower. On the left you can just see an inscription which says 'Godric made me'.