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Feline incense burner
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (Sharjah)
Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation
Hegira 5th to 6th century / AD 11th - 12th century
SM 1996 – 211
Eastern Iran or Afghanistan
Feline incense burners like this one have been associated with the royal courts of medieval Eastern Iran and Afghanistan, where lions, lynxes and cheetahs symbolized the power and strength of the ruler. The head can be tilted back for the hot charcoal and incense to be placed into the perforated body. The tail serves as a handle.
"Feline incense burner" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;ua;Mus21;23;en
MWNF Working Number: UA 23