Cup of a thurible

Only the lower, calyx-shaped cup of the thurible or censer is preserved, in which the charcoal and the incense were placed. It is cast in the shape of a chalice with low base, and traces of gilding are still visible in places. On the rim are three upright lanceolate projections with round holes through which the now-lost chains were passed.

Two successive bands with vine-branches, between plain cymatia, form the rim. The upper band is incised, the lower in relief. On the body of the globular cup is a wide zone of relief scenes from the New Testament, in a continuous frieze without separators. Represented are the Annunciation, the Adoration of the Magi, the Entry into Jerusalem, the Crucifixion, the Noli Me Tangere (Resurrection) and the Ascension. Below this zone, the Twelve Apostles and angels are depicted in medallions.

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