Cucili Incensario (Peruvian Grey Dove)
ca.1775
9.25" x 6.25" x 9"
Silver, Silver repousse, 26.979 silver troy oz
Region: Peru
Silver incense burner representing a cucili (native Peruvian grey dove from the Arequipa region). This piece is made of cast, hammered, repousse and chiseled silver. The dove has hinged wings and sits atop a colonial style hat. This humador (incensario) was used to perfume the closets, which contained clothes that could not be easily washed. Incense, camphor, lavender flower, seeds or selected herbs were burned in it.