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
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 (http://www.tepotech.com/Art_Bulletin/1945271Aga-Oglu.pdf)