Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Incense Burner

by Conservation

9/23/2019

objects conservation , conservation , incense burner , behind the scenes

These two separate fragments from a stone incense burner have been in the collection since 1939. They are part of our Nabataean collection from Khirbet Tannur. Looking at the largest fragment you can see it is shaped like a miniature roof, possibly imitating a temple. Though the two fragments were noted as likely being from the same object, they were given separate accession numbers when they entered our collection, and no attempt was made to unite them.

This past week our objects conservator was able to identify a clear point of contact where the two fragments were once joined together. The two pieces were put together with conservation adhesive and the minor losses around the join were filled to help support the weight of the stones. After a very long time apart, the pieces are finally back together.

 

Image credits: 

Fragment of perforated incense altar, 2nd Century CE, Temple of Khirbet et-Tannur/Jordan, limestone, Museum Purchase, 1939.239

Inscribed Incense Altar with Gabled Roof, 2nd Century CE, Temple of Khirbet et-Tannur/Jordan, limestone, Museum Purchase, 1939.237