Monday, July 13, 2009

Holy Smoke and Water

I have sat in dimly lit churches where the priest in his ornate chasuble robe walks by slowly swinging a censer, wafting clouds of incense smoke...the senses are soon lulled by the pungent scent, the sonorous incantations, the flickering candles, and of course, the invocation to a higher purpose...

19th century, [found at an antique fair in Chatou outside of Paris]
Bronze, [some minor dents]
[27 cm high x 14 cm at the widest]
[attached "cup" inside for burning the incense; the chains are used for swinging it during a religious ritual to distribute the smoke]



Vessel for holy water
19th century, [found at an antique fair in the Bois de Vincennes in Paris]
Glass, [some small chips on lip]
[18 cm high x 14 cm at the widest]


in relief on one side of the bottle
[Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette in the Rhône-Alpes region of France is a place of pilgrimage due to the appearance of the Virgin to two shepherd boys in 1846, as depicted on the other side of the bottle as in the top image]

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