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Incense Burner

Object Name:
Incense burner
late 12th century
Made in Iran, probably Hamadan
Bronze, covered with silver alloy
H. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm) Diam. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm) Wt. 38.7 oz. (1097.2 g)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1927
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: Inscription in Arabic on outside band: "Glory, prosperity, dominion, happiness, security, rest ... ... to its owner". (Trans. Yassir al-Tabba, 1978)

Inscription in Arabic In naskhi script:
العز و الاقبال ... و السعادة و السلامة ... و الدولة و النصر ... و البرکة ....والراحة

The inscription was also read by E. Cheveddin as:
العز و القبال و الدوله و السعاده و لسلامه و الراحه … لصاحبه
العز و الاقبال و الدولة و السعادة و السلامة و التایید و النصرة و الناصرة (؟) و العلا (؟) و الرحمة و الراحة و الصاحبه
Alphonse Kann, Paris (until 1927; his sale, American Art Association,New York, January 6–8, 1927, lot 290, to MMA)
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