The original find that inspired this replica was found at Coventina's Well in Northumberland.
Coventina was the Romano-British Goddess of water, wells and springs, probably corresponding to the Roman Goddess Minerva. Inscriptions and a shrine to her have been found at a beautiful site on Hadrian's wall in Northumberland known as Brocolitia.
The area where her shrine stood is known as Conentina's well and consisted of a walled area where worshipers had built the well to contain the overflow from a natural spring. It was within this well that archaeologists discovered the incense burner alongside several other items likely to have been left as offerings to Coventina.
The shrine is next to an area where a Mithraeum, a temple to Mithras, has been discovered. It was common for the Romans to group their religious shrines together in this way.
The burning of incense was an integral part of Roman votive rituals allowing supplicants to making offerings to the gods from who they desire patronage and protection.
The petitioner would place a lump of burning coal in the burner's upper bowl. On top of this would be placed the resin or herbs that would smoulder gently and produce sweet-smelling smoke. It is known that Frankincense, myrrh, cinnamon and rosemary were amongst the incense used during these rituals.
We have based this burner on a find that is part of the collection at York Museum.
The original that inspired this Incense burner is now part of the English Heritage Collection. It has been lent to them by The Trustees of the Clayton Collection.
Approx. 150 mm tall, 120 mm diameter
As with all my Museum Quality Replicas, we have made this pot, as the original would have been, entirely by hand from natural clay and using replicas of the types of tool that the ancient makers would have used. As each pot varies, you may not receive the same cup in the image, but you can be sure that your pot will be one of a kind due to the variations caused by the firing process.
Health and Safety
Before attempting to use your burner, you must read the safety instructions below:
Burn ONLY use natural charcoal, fresh herbs and incense resin in your burner.
DO NOT use oil or other flammable liquids.
Place the lamp on a stable, non-absorbent and non-flammable surface, far from any sources of heat.
DO NOT attempt to move or pick up your burner whilst it is lit and/or hot.
Ensure that there are no flammable materials above or near the burner.
DO NOT leave your burner unattended whilst it is lit and/or hot.
This burner is not a toy. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
Use in a well-ventilated area, preferable outdoors.
This burner will produce smoke when used and may set off fire alarms and cause problems for people with respiratory problems. Please be responsible and considerate when using this burner.
Use of this burner is at your own risk. We can not take responsibility for accidents or injury caused by the use of this burner.
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