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Name of Object:

Spherical incense burner

Location:

Vienna, Austria

Holding Museum:

Kunsthistorisches Museum

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Date of Object:

Hegira 8th century or second half of the 9th century / AD 14th century or 2nd half of the 15th century

Museum Inventory Number:

KK_5797

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Bronze

Period / Dynasty

Mamluk (Egypt or Syria)

Provenance:

Egypt?

Description:

Incense burners shaped like hollow metal spheres were popular throughout the mediaeval Islamic world. The movable spheres contain a contraption to keep the small containers for both charcoal and aromata in a horizontal position. These spheres were used not only to burn incense but also ambergis and sandalwood. The medallion of this incense burner features an emblem denoting the rank of a scribe at the court of a Mamluk sultan. The elaborate ornamental decoration includes an integrated inscription.

Citation of this web page:

 "Spherical incense burner" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;at;Mus22;37;en

MWNF Working Number: AT2 37

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Mamluks


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