the incense box used in sacrifices. (Hor. Carm. 3.8.2
; Verg. A. 5.745
Acerra, Incense Box.
incense was taken out of the acerra and let fall upon the burning
altar: hence we have the expression de acerra
(Ov. ex Pont.
, 39; Pers. 2.5.) It was distinct from the turibulum
or censer in which incense was burnt ; and was the
more common mode of offering incense. [TURIBULUM
] The acerra represented above is taken
from a frieze in the museum of the Capitol. Another figure, from a
bas-relief at Rome (ap. Daremberg and Saglio, s. v.), illustrates the mode
of using it. The acerra was also, according to Festus (s. v.), a small
altar, placed before the dead, on which perfumes were burnt. There was a
sumptuary law in the Twelve Tables which restricted the use of acerrae at
funerals. (Cic. de Leg. ii.
, 60.) [J.Y
Servant carrying the Acerra.