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A Comparison of Late Byzantine and Ottoman Incense Burners

Un article très intéressant sur les brûle-parfums et l’utilisation des encens (empire byzantin tardif et empire ottoman) :

Tera Lee Hedrick and Nina Ergin, « A Shared Culture of Heavenly Fragrance. A Comparison of Late Byzantine and Ottoman Incense Burners and Censing Practices in Religious Contexts », Dumbarton Oaks Papers, vol. 69, 2015, p. 331-354.


l’article se termine par la conclusion suivante  (p. 354) :

In summary, there were more continuities than
discontinuities; when rituals involving incense had similar
valences—and in many instances they did—then
both practices and objects remained virtually the same
across late Byzantine and Ottoman cultures. As the title
of this essay indicates, this was truly a shared culture of
fragrance. Indeed, fragrance itself is a useful metaphor
for cultural exchange: it can permeate spaces across
physical boundaries and take on the shape of these
spaces; it can appear to be everywhere and nowhere,
concrete and fleeting at the same time; and those who
experience the same fragrance may still attach different
memories, emotions, and meanings to it.