Art/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

Incense Burner

Object Name:
Incense burner
Date:
12th century
Geography:
Iran, probably Hamadan
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Bronze; pierced
Dimensions:
H. 6 3/4 in. (17.14 cm) W. 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm) D. 2 3/8 in. (6 cm) Wt. 17.9 oz. (507.513 g)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1937
Accession Number:
37.47
Not on view
This object represents a type of zoomorphic incense burner, many of which have survived. The square opening in the feline's chest once held a drawer for the placement of incense whose aroma would escape through the perforated areas.
[ Demotte, Inc., New York, by 1931–37; sold to MMA]
London. Burlington House. "International Exhibition of Persian Art," January 7, 1931–February 28, 1931.

New York. Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture. "Lions, Dragons, and Other Beasts: Aquamanilia of the Middle Ages. Vessels for Church and Table," July 12, 2006–October 15, 2006.

Wilson, Arnold T. "7th January to 28th February, 1931." In Catalogue of the International Exhibition of Persian Art. 3rd. ed. London: Royal Academy of Arts, 1931. no. 229Q, p. 147.

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 138, ill. fig. 80 (b/w).

Barnet, Peter, and Pete Dandridge, ed. "Aquamanilia of the Middle Ages: Vessels for Church and Table." In Lions, Dragons & Other Beasts. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006. no. 39, p. 182, ill. (color).



Related Objects

Incense Burner of Amir Saif al-Dunya wa’l-Din ibn Muhammad al-Mawardi

Date: dated A.H. 577/ A.D. 1181–82 Medium: Bronze; cast, engraved, chased, pierced Accession: 51.56 On view in:Gallery 453

Bird-Shaped Incence Burner

Date: 12th–13th century Medium: Bronze; cast, pierced, and engraved Accession: 2008.460 On view in:Gallery 453

Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript

Date: ca. 1180 Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper Accession: 29.160.23 On view in:Gallery 451

Incense Burner

Date: 12th century Medium: Brass; cast, pierced, chased Accession: 49.60.1 On view in:Gallery 453

Incense Burner

Date: 12th century Medium: Brass; cast, pierced, chased, engraved Accession: 1972.87 On view in:Gallery 453