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Incense Burner

Object Name:
Incense burner
12th century
Attributed to Iran
H. 3 1/2 in. (8.89 cm) Diam. 7 3/8 in. (18.7 cm) Wt. 35.6 oz. (1009.4 g)
Credit Line:
Gift of Nasli M. Heeramaneck, 1929
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: Inscription in Arabic in kufic script, on band around sphinx, and on outside in kufic and Naskhi scripts

Inside in naskhi script:
العز و الاقبال و الدولة و السعادة و الکرا[مة]
Arround the rim in naskhi script:
والا/ و الیمن/ قبال/ و البر/ العز/ کة و...
In the inscription on the sides the metalworker placed the words الیمن andالعز in roundels that interrupt the horizontal inscription.

The inscriptions was also read by E. Cheveddin as:
الععز و الاقبال و الدوالة و السعادة و السلا[مة]
kufic بالیمن/ و البر/کة و ماله
naskhi العز / و الا/ قبال و
Nasli M. Heeramaneck (Indian, 1902–1971), New York (until 1929; gifted to MMA)
Canby, Sheila R. "The Scented World : Incense Burners and Perfume Containers from Spain to Central Asia." Arts of Asia vol. 42 (2012). pp. 122-123, ill. fig. 8 (color).

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