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FIFTH SERIES.-VOL. VIII, NO. XXXI.
NOTICE OF. A MEDIEVAL THURIBLE
BY J. ROMILLY ALLEN, ESQ., F.S.A.SCOT.
THE thurible here illustrated was exhibited at the Temporary Museum formed during the Meeting of the Cambrian Archæological Association at Carmarthen in 1875. This interesting object was dug up at Penmaen Church, and is now preserved in the Swansea Museum. I am indebted to the Rev. J. D. Davies for the loan of the accompanying woodcut, which is borrowed from his History of West Gower.
The thurible consists of two parts. The upper one has been broken; but enough remains to restore the whole, as shown on the second illustration. The total height of the thurible is 64 in., and the greatest diameter 33 in. The height of the lower part is 2 in. Both the top and bottom parts have three loops projecting from the outside, at equal distances apart. Through these were passed the chains by which the censer was swung. Each loop is half an inch in diameter, and is fastened to the side of the vessel with two rivets. The lower part, or pan, in which the incense was burnt is a round bowl with a flat foot to rest upon when not in use. It is ornamented on the outside, round the top rim, with an undulating line 1 See Arch. Camb., 4th Ser., vol. vi. 5TH SER., VOL. VIII.