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The David Collection
Hegira late 4th–beginning of the 5th century / AD late 10th–beginning of the 11th century
Cast, punched, and engraved bronze
Umayyad of al-Andalus, Caliphate period
This incense burner in the form of a stylized parrot or falcon belongs to a small group of bronze sculptures, ascribed with a fairly great degree of probability to Umayyad Spain.
The bird is holding on with strong claws to a perch across a sphere that might have been placed on a tall pedestal. The body is engraved with feathers, palmettes, and a Kufi inscription.
"Incense burner" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;dn;Mus21;9;en
MWNF Working Number: DN 09