- Museum number
Cuboid incense burner; carved from pink limestone and decorated with lightly incised cross-hatching on the legs with rows of triangles above and below the inscription, and the exterior highlighted with a reddish-brown pigment. Darkened on interior of bowl, both along the top, inside rim and in a circular patch in the centre. There is an ancient South Arabian inscription carved on all four sides.
- Production date
- 2ndC BC-1stC BC
Height: 2.70 centimetres (receptacle)
Height: 9.50 centimetres
Length: 10 centimetres
Width: 10 centimetres
Volume: 130 millilitres
- Curator's comments
- Compare with 1915,0710.5 (BM.113230).
Cuboid incense burners have a long history in the ancient Near East. They were particularly popular in the Levant and Arabia from the late fifth century BC to the first century AD and were specifically used to burn natural aromatics within the home and temple. This type of cuboid incense burner is especially important because the four sides are occasionally inscribed with the names of four different sorts of aromatics (see inscription).
- On display (G42/dc1)
- Exhibition history
2017-2018 17 Jan-2 Jul, Basel, Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig, 'Arabia Felix: Treasures from Ancient South Arabia'
2014-2015 Nov-May, BM, G69a, 'Connecting Continents: Indian Ocean trade and exchange’
2007 Sheffield, Weston Park, 'Coal, Frankincense & Myrrh'
ca 1997-16 Dec 2005, BM, G51/PSA/3
1976-1997 BM, West Stairs: South Arabian Landing [SAL], wall-case 1 [WC1]
- Fair; complete; slightly worn surfaces with soapy feel, possibly from repeated old handling and/or a pre-museum conservation treatment.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Report to the Trustees 2 July 1915; Trustees Minutes, dated 10 July 1915, record joint donation of "Two inscribed stone altars and other Himyaritic antiquities collected by the late Col. Prideaux of Aden (through the good offices of Sir Hercules Read)".
- Middle East
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: CIH 683 (siglum)
Miscellaneous number: RES 3214