Scorpion Incense Burner
Scorpion Incense Burner

Scorpion Incense Burner

19th century Benares - India

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£150 gbp
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This unusual brass incense burner originates from Benares, a city in Northern India famed for its intricate pierced brassware. Scorpions are common in the region, and feature prominently in local folklore, often as powerful if not benevolent characters that demand respect. Burning incense is likewise a key part of local Hindu rituals, and it seems likely that this censer was made for the domestic market.

A similar incense burner, believed to have belonged to the Governor of Bengal, was salvaged from the wreck of SS Medina in 1917 and is now included in the collection of the National Maritime Museum, Cornwall.

Measurements: 5" (12.5 cm) Long
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