EARLY CHRISTIAN ARTIFACT
“Asperging Wand” (Holy Water Sprinkler) - Eastern Roman/ Byzantine - Circa 7th-12th Century AD
An unusual bronze artifact from the early period of Christianity. This bronze wand was used by a priest to sprinkle (asperge) holy water during services. The dove atop the wand is symbolic of the Holy Spirit. (Ref: G. Ferguson, “Signs and Symbols in Christian Art”).
In excellent condition with an attractive green patina.
(173 mm – 6 13/16 inches in Length)