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Incense burner

Incense burner

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Copper, with repoussé

  • Museum number:

    7851&A-1861

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This piece was used as an incense burner. It is made of copper, a malleable metal which metalworkers could decorate using the same sophisticated techniques they employed on silverware. Here the metalworker has hammered from the back of the metal to create the embossed or repoussé design of scrolling foliage.

During the period 1500-1600, when this piece was made, Italian metalworkers decorated copperwares with rich decoration that usually covered the whole surface of the object. The decoration on this burner is in the Mannerist style that first appeared in Italy in the 1520s.

Physical description

Decorated with foliage in repoussé, or beaten work.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

16th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Copper, with repoussé

Dimensions

Height: 9 in, Diameter: 11 in

Descriptive line

Copper bowl and cover with foliage in repoussé, Italian, 16th century

Materials

Copper

Techniques

Repoussé

Subjects depicted

Foliage

Categories

Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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