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Small Jewish incense shovel (matha) - Bronze

Small Jewish incense shovel (matha) - BronzeSmall Jewish incense shovel (matha) - BronzeSmall Jewish incense shovel (matha) - Bronze

Small "Mahta" incense shovel.
Bronze. Length 23,8 cm.
The twisted handle ends by a protome of a lion.
2nd century A.D. Roman World.
Nearly intact. Lovely green patina.

"The incense shovel was a ritual object. In the Jewish religion, it was used in the Temple of Jerusalem, to clean the lamps of the Menorah. After the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D., the incense shovel became one of the Jewish symbols, with the Temple Menorah, the Lulav and Ethrog, and the Shofar. These elements became the Jewish religious and national symbols, that represented the belief in the national freedom of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel, with the revival of the religious ritual in the Temple of Jerusalem."

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€ 6 500 ,-