Goldwork and Jewellery

Incense Boat


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Catholic ceremonies have included the burning of incense since the early days of Christianity. The incense boat, whose name comes from its boat like shape, was used to store the incense used in these rituals.
This baroque-style piece, from the Palácio das Necessidades, in Lisbon, arrived at the Soares dos Reis National Museum in the 1940s in order to be studied, classified and eventually exhibited.