Incense Burner Lid

The four holes, and lack of wear, suggest that this bronze fractured object served as the lid for a larger stone incense burner, or "cester", since hanging incense burners of the time usually had three holes. It contained a quantity of ash when found, along with varied other material, in a disused cistern.

Provenience: LTE House III, cistern I

Date: 363-600 C.E.

Object Number: 29-108-23

Museum Record

Further Reading:

Fitzgerald, Gerald M. 1931. Beth-Shan Excavations 1921-1923: the Arab and Byzantine Levels. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pl.XXXVII,No.5

Rahmani L.Y. "Palestinian Incense Burners of the Sixth to Eighth Centuries C.E.", IEJ 30 (1980), 116–122

Mehmet Aga Oglu, "About a type of Islamic Incense Burner" see article online at (