Holy Smoke

Censers Across Cultures

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Holy Smoke: Censers Across Cultures investigates the practice of incense—the use of material objects to communicate with the divine—in religious context as it has been used in cultures worldwide across historical periods, religions, and cultures. The censer and its wafting smoke are a most basic material exchange between humans and gods and can be found across historical periods, religions, and cultures. For these reasons, the broad and comparative study of censers is of wide interest to scholars in the fields of Art History, Archaeology, Cultural History, Anthropology, Religious Studies, Performance Studies and others.

This book is not yet published, but will be available from April 2024.

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Religious art from four continents and across cultures – seeing and smelling the sacred.

Holy Smoke: Censers Across Cultures investigates the practice of incense – the use of material objects to communicate with the divine – in religious context as it has been used in cultures worldwide across historical periods, religions, and cultures.

The fragrant smoke of incense filling the air can be witnessed in any tradition, whether polytheistic or monotheistic, whether in the Ancient Near East, or Medieval Europe. Censers are ubiquitous among religious paraphernalia, and on a truly global scale. Focusing on case studies not only places the censer in a constellation of other religious artefacts, but also relocates the importance of rituals that have long been placed at the margins of the study of religion, art and ritual. Emerging from this, we hope, is a better grasp of the role of sensorial elements in the fostering of the devotional practices of world religions.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 21.6 x 30.5 cm
Publisher name Hirmer Verlag GmbH
Publication date 30 April 2024
Number of pages 348
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Beate Fricke
Dimensions 21.6 x 30.5 cm
Weight 300 g

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Beate Fricke's research focuses on the history of images in the Middle Ages, relics in Early and High Medieval Art as well as objects as archives of a history of applied arts, knowledge transfer and trade in the global "Middle Ages". Before joining the University of Bern in 2017, she was Professor for Medieval Art at the University of California, Berkeley.