Roman Bronze Incense Shovel
A Roman bronze ceremonial incense shovel or batillum, consisting of a shallow rectangular pan and a semi-cylindrical handle. The pan rests on four small feet at each corner.
Ca. 1st-2nd century AD.
Incense shovels are often found in Israel. They were incorporated in Jewish religious practices. Similar Mahta type bronze incense shovels were discovered in the Dead Sea caves in the 1960s.
cf.: Metropolitan Museum of Art, inv. nos. 00.13.5-7; Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University, inv.no. 2012.1.109.
Formerly in an Israeli private collection.