2003 Werner Collection Perfume Burner

An NHMF grant of £768,679 enabled the Ashmolean Museum to acquire a c.1530-40 bronze perfume burner attributed to Desiderio da Firenze. It is richly decorated with mythological figures, swags and shells. Perfume burners were used by Renaissance men and women to keep the air sweet. With charcoal placed in the lower section and scented pastilles above, smoke is emitted from a satyr's mouth and Medusa's mask.