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Incense Boat


Incense boat
Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa
17th Century
Silver
Dimensions: 20 x 25 cms
Conservation Cost : Rs. 10,800

Incense boats were used to contain incense used at church services and acquired their essential form in the shape of a boat, in the late 14th/early 15th century.
This incense boat’s aspect is that of a sailing ship with a realistically rendered hull, including gun ports and sailors wearing traditional caps. The stern, with poop rail and balustrades, flanked by two monumental lanterns, is marked with the letter ‘IHS’ (the usual trigram of Jesus) enclosed in a circular pearl design. Above the trigram is a Latin cross. The prow boasts a fanciful structure that supports a leonine figurehead. The incense boat has a stand which is devoid of any decoration
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