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incensario (incense burner)
  • Perez
    active: Mexico
  • incensario (incense burner), 1989
  • Where object was made: Ocotlán de Morelos, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Diameter: 12 x 15.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 4 3/4 x 6 1/8 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4344

The dish has three legs and five dark blue points that rise above the rim. It has a light brown clay colored field. There is a white flower in the center of the dish. It has a black band with white diagonal lines, a white wavy line with tick marks along the sides and a solid blue band. The exterior of the dish has a dark blue band with white diagonal lines. The legs are each decorated with two lines of dark blue and white marks.

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