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Spherical incense burner
Hegira 8th century or second half of the 9th century / AD 14th century or 2nd half of the 15th century
Mamluk (Egypt or Syria)
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.
"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