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Pierced Globe

Object Name:
Incense burner
Date:
late 13th–early 14th century
Geography:
Syria, Damascus
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Brass; spun and turned, pierced, chased, inlaid with gold, silver, and black compound
Dimensions:
H. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm) H. with chain. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm) Diam. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.2095a, b
  • Description

    Designed as an incense burner, this globe once hung from a chain. Inside the hinged body is a small cup, slung on three rings (gimbals) to stabilize the burning coal or incense in the suspended container. The inscription bands do not name the object’s owner, but repeat a string of epithets lauding him.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscription in Arabic in thuluth script, at top and bottom:
    عز لمولانا الملك المالك العا / لم العادل المؤید المظفر المنصور/ المجاهد المرابط المثاغر الغازي
    Glory to our lord, the king, the master, the wise / the just, the supported
    [by God], the triumphant, the victorious, the defender [of the faith],
    the warrior [at the frontiers], the warden [of the marches], the vanquisher
    On top hemisphere, central band (same as above,
    but with the following added after :(الغازي
    رکن الاسلام والمسلمین
    pillar of Islam and the Muslims

    On lower hemisphere, central band (same as above,
    with the following added after :(المسلمین
    والملوك والسلاطین قاتل الکفر]ة[ داو]د؟[
    the kings and the sultans, slayer of the infidels, Dawu[d?]

  • Provenance

    J. Pierpont Morgan, New York (until d. 1913; his estate 1913–17; gifted to MMA)

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