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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: 19 x 16.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 7 1/2 x 6 1/2 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4791

The dish has three tall legs. The sides of the dish are shallow but modeled people at the rim make it appear significantly taller. The people are women wearing red head scarves, white blouses with red and blue detail and blue skirts with white scallops at the hem. The interior of the dish has a white flower a thick red band and a black band with white scallops. The legs are the natural clay color with short horizontal white stripes.

This was used for Day of the dead festivities. One would place a burning charcoal in the bottom and a piece of copal incense on top.