852 – Censer

Physical description:
Small brass censer owned by Alex Sanders and, allegedly, Aleister Crowley. The base is a plain bowl on 3 elaborately shaped legs, the removable lid engraved with foliage and with a long curving handle ending in a peacock's head.
Museum classification:
Sanders Collection
Size:
160 x 110 x 80 mm
Information:

This censer belonged to Alex Sanders, who claimed he had been given it by Aleister Crowley.

Alex claimed to have owned all of the Carfax Monographs which were written by Kenneth and Steffi Grant between 1959 and 1962.  The Grants were leading members of the OTO and Thelemites.

Alex Sanders definitely had a copy of one of the Carfax Monographs (written by Kenneth and Steffi Grant) in his papers.  This document can be found in the Museum archive: document 1914.  It is a hugely admiring text written about Crowley.  Alex also claimed to have owned an incense censer which had once been Crowley's, see object number 852.

This object appeared in the Museum's 2018 exhibition 'Dew of Heaven: Objects of Ritual Magic.'

Resource:
Object
Materials:
Brass

This censer belonged to Alex Sanders, who claimed he had been given it by Aleister Crowley.

Alex claimed to have owned all of the Carfax Monographs which were written by Kenneth and Steffi Grant between 1959 and 1962.  The Grants were leading members of the OTO and Thelemites.

Alex Sanders definitely had a copy of one of the Carfax Monographs (written by Kenneth and Steffi Grant) in his papers.  This document can be found in the Museum archive: document 1914.  It is a hugely admiring text written about Crowley.  Alex also claimed to have owned an incense censer which had once been Crowley's, see object number 852.

This object appeared in the Museum's 2018 exhibition 'Dew of Heaven: Objects of Ritual Magic.'