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CENSER

Made by: Kremlin Armory Workshops

On view in: Russian Sacred Arts Gallery


About this object

The body splits in the middle. Both the upper and lower parts, as well as the foot, have lobed panels with a repoussé and gilded foliage ornament alternated with plain silver ones. Each silver panel, both top and bottom, features an inscription in decorative script within a cartouche. An applied trefoil design forms the border of the top and bottom and covers the line where the dome and drum are attached to the censer's top.The finial is shaped like an onion dome. Alternate rows of scales are stippled for contrast. Three long chains attach the censer to a cap. The inscription found in alternate panels around the censer translates, "In 1681 Abbott Joseph of the Monastery of the Savior in Staraia Russa gave this censer to the House of the Lifegiving Trinity and the Holy Mother of God in the Mogilev Monastery in remembrance of his soul and of his parents."

Category:
silverwork
Object name:
CENSER
Made from:
Silver -- parcel gilt -- brass
Made in:
Russia
Date made:
Late 17th c.
Size:
26.7 cm (10 1/2 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
12.2.1-2
Class:
SILVER
Signature marks:
INSCRIPTION [On upper half]: "LETA 1000" "???" "DAL SIE KADILO" "V DOM PRSTYIIA" "ZHIVONACHALNYIIA" "TROITS I PRESTYIA" [On lower half] "BGDTSY V MOGILEVSKUIU" "PUSTYNIU STARYIIA" "RUSY" "SPASKOGO" "MONASTYRIA" "IGUMEN' IOSIF" "PO SVOEI DSHI" [On foot] "I PO SVOIKH RODITELEI" [On handpiece] "I SILA VYSHEGO" "?" "DKH' STYI" "NAD TEN'?"
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
Featured in publication:
"Exuberance of Meaning: The Art Patronage of Catherine the Great (1762-1769)","Hillwood Museum & Gardens: Marjorie Merriweather Post's Art Collector's Personal Museum","Russian Silver in America: Surviving the Melting Pot","A Taste for Splendor: Russian Imperial and European Treasures from the Hillwood Museum"