Did You Know? A brazier is a container in which burning coal is used for cooking, heating or cultural rituals. It is often an elaborate metal container with decorations standing on a foot. It often has a cover to close the container or bowl when not in use. Standing on a foot, the container is elevated from the ground and thus helps circulate air, feeding oxygen to the fire.
Braziers have been used since ancient times; the Nimrud brazier dates to at least 824 BC. British travellers of the nineteenth century state that braziers were considered healthier than fireplaces and chimneys. Aromatics (lavender seeds, orange peel) were sometimes added to the embers in the brazier. In Cyprus, eucalyptus leaves were often used. In villages but also in towns a brazier was a necessary contraption for the home, especially when there was no fireplace and difficult to acquire wood. The brazier in the photograph comes from the Glafcos Clerides collection and is found on the third floor of the CVAR.
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