- Museum number
Censer with lid made of silver in the form of a square container on a pyramidal base, engraved with serpentine motifs. The container is engraved on all four sides with pairs of angels with their wings crossed in front of them in fear of divine glory. There are four suspension points, one in the centre of each side and suspension points at each corner, only one of which has a spherical silver bell. The separate arched lid is cut away with rows of four crosses with both the cut-out and solid form creating cruciform motifs. The lid is surmounted with an open work box and an ornate cross with suspension loop.
- Production date
Height: 28.50 centimetres (including lid)
Width: 13 centimetres
Depth: 7 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Incense plays a vital role within the Ethiopian Church, used in church services and prayers it is seen as an offering to God. Small lighted coals are placed in the chamber of the censer to which incense is added. The censor is rhythmically swung from long chains to waft the incense during religious services and processions. Ash from the censer is believed to be imbued with power to heal the sick and is considered holy.
- On display (G66/west)
- Exhibition history
2017-2018 2 Nov-8 Apr, BM Gallery 35, Living with gods
1978, London, British Museum, Christian Orient
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number