Temple Censers & the City of Gods

Apr 20, 2021


This presentation will focus on a group of objects properly called "temple censers," containers used to burn incense. The details carved into the containers depict temple superstructures and sometimes include elements of the basal platforms.

These censers can be understood as models of actual temples (with higher or lower degrees of accuracy, simplification, idealization, or hyperbole). They offer a glance at the architectural conformation, ornamentation, religious symbolism, and even the ritual activities that were carried out in the Early Classic shrines of Escuintla.