6 December 2007
A BYZANTINE SILVER CENSER
CIRCA 5TH-7TH CENTURY A.D.
The spherical vessel formed from two sections hinged together, the hinge with tongue-shaped plates, attached by rivets, a hooked closure opposite with drop-shaped plates, the lower section on a tall flaring foot, with lathe-turned horizontal bands and moldings, the upper with two openwork registers of quatrefoils and circles, each cut out form with incised borders, the registers framed by lathe-turned bands, the knobbed finial surmounted by a ring joined to a length of chain
7½ in. (19 cm.) high
German Art Market, 1994.
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For a related example in bronze see no. 1.49 in Stiegemann, et al., Byzanz, Das Licht aus dem Osten.
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