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incensario (incense burner)
  • Faustina Perez
    active: Mexico
  • incensario (incense burner), 1989
  • Where object was made: Ocotlán de Morelos, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Diameter: 13 x 17.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 5 1/8 x 6 7/8 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4343

The dish has three legs and four yellow birds placed at even distances on the rim. The birds have red, black, green, and blue dots. The inside of the dish has a white flower, a red band, and a black band with scallops and dots. There are thin white stripes on the legs and a black band on the outside of the dish.

It was used for Day of the Dead festivities. Burning charcoal was placed in the bottom with a piece of copal incense on the top.