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Cover of a Censer

Cover of a Censer
Gilded copper alloy
Valley of the Meuse, mid-twelfth century
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Cloisters Collection, 1979 (1979.285)

The architectural form of this gilded copper alloy censer cover may represent the heavenly city of Jerusalem. The lunettes around the base of the lid show episodes from the Old Testament believed to prefigure Christ’s sacrifice.

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