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Model incense burner

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This fine yellow limestone incense burner is a model or miniature of the actual object. It symbolized the full-sized object used to burn incense in temple and funeral rituals, and was intended to provide eternal incense for the deceased.

Provenance

From Giza; G 4733 E. 1914: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1947: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 5, 2381–2353 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 9.5 x 5 x 5 cm (3 3/4 x 1 15/16 x 1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

47.1666

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Religious and cult objects