- Museum number
Limestone miniature altar or incense burner in form of a fluted column; round base of stand; surmounted on a capital, hollowed out on upper surface; Greek alphabetic inscription on plinth naming Nikodemos as the dedicant, though the name of the deity is missing. Traces of colour on surface.
- Production date
- 300 BC-300 AD
Diameter: 8.89 centimetres
Height: 8.89 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Newton and Hicks give Salamis as the findspot in the Catalogue of inscriptions but the object was certainly found at the sanctuary excavated by Max Ohnefalsch-Richter at Achna village (Ohnefalsch-Richter 1893, 2). He also included an illustration of the object, which he interpreted as an incense burner or lustral vessel, in his magazine The Owl 1899, 76-77 and pl. IX, 26. The inscription was later restudied by Masson after it was rediscovered in the stores of the British Museum (1971, 444-6; note the registration number given there (1883,1-6.183) is incorrect).
Masson, O. 1971, 'Inscriptions chypriotes retrouvées ou disparues', Syria 48/3, 427-52.
Ohnefalsch-Richter, M. 1889, 'Excavations for Sir Charles Newton. September and October 1882. Temenos of Artemis-Kybele at Achna', The Owl. Science, Literature and Art 10-11, 78-80, 81-86.
Ohnefalsch-Richter 1893, Kypros, the Bible and Homer. Oriental civilization and religionin ancient times (London: Asher).
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number