Incense burner: pot (hieroglyph)
Incense Burner: Pot
(with 'incense flame')
(horizontal, as ~arm)
The ancient Egyptian Censor pot, (the Incense burner: pot) is most commonly seen in Ancient Egyptian iconography as an offering, held in hand by the offering person or god. Many pots are offered in hands, or a single hand with offerings of oils, a liquid-(water), or other item in the pot.
An alternative, a censor pot is shown with a burning flame, or a flickering cone of smoke above; the censor pot is trapezoidal in shape often, and also often with curved-inward sides, (a flared-out flat top).
Ostracon--incense pot with flame hieroglyph
As a hieroglyph, the censor pot hieroglyph is more common in texts.
The other common type of hieroglyph for the burning of incense, is the incense burner: arm (hieroglyph). In later periods of Ancient Egypt it was often made of bronze. In portrayed scenes with the arm, the offerer, most often the pharaoh offering to the god, is shown adding incense pellets from a small storage box at the base of the arm.
Incense has a long history in Ancient Egypt, as well as the Mesopotamian cultures. Iconographic examples, and the literature of offerings performed, attest to the rituals of both cultures and a cultural evolution of their usages.
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- Incense burner: arm (hieroglyph)
- Gardiner's Sign List#R. Temple Furniture and Sacred Emblems
- Budge. An Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary, E.A.Wallace Budge, (Dover Publications), c 1978, (c 1920), Dover edition, 1978. (In two volumes) (softcover, ISBN 0-486-23615-3)
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