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Incense boat and spoon

Incense boat and spoon

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1550-1600 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Rock crystal with silver mounts, partially gilded, with gems

  • Museum number:

    1129&A-1864

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Incense boat and spoon. Rock crystal with silver mounts, partially gilded, with gems.

Place of Origin

Italy (probably, made)

Date

1550-1600 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Rock crystal with silver mounts, partially gilded, with gems

Descriptive line

with incense boat; Silver, Continental

Rock crystal with silver mounts, probably Italian, 1550-1600

Labels and date

INCENSE BOAT AND SPOON
1550-1600

Incense formed an important part of the Catholic ritual. Burnt during services, ceremonies and processions, it produced a perfumed smoke that symbolised the prayers of the faithful rising to heaven. The incense was often stored in a boat-shaped container, like this one, and then spooned into a censer, which swung from chains so the smoke would waft to and fro.

Probably Italy

Rock crystal with silver mounts, partially gilded, with gems

Museum no. 1129&A-1864 []
INCENSE BOAT AND SPOON
Rock crystal with silver mounts, parcel-gilt and gems
Italian (?); unmarked, 1550-1600
Incense signified a prayer of an offering to God and was used at High Mass - a solemnly celebrated Mass with music and the assistance of a deacon, sub-deacon and acolytes - and in the course of processions, blessings and other ceremonies. Boat-shaped containers like this one were used to store incense from the Middle Ages onwards. The crystal in this incense boat may have been carved at one of a number of places which specialised in rock crystal production, such as Venice, Catalonia and the Alpine region. []
INCENSE BOAT AND SPOON
Rock crystal with silver-gilt mounts, embossed, chased and gem-set
Italian (?); unmarked, 1550-1600 []

Materials

Crystal; Silver

Techniques

Gilding

Categories

Metalwork; Christianity

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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