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Incense Burner

Object Name:
Incense burner
Date:
11th century
Geography:
Spain, Andalusia
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Bronze; cast, chased, and pierced
Dimensions:
H. 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm) W. 10 in. (25.4 cm) D. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1967
Accession Number:
67.178.3a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 457
Long-handled, footed incense burners are known throughout the Islamic Near East, but the square body, high domed lid, and horseshoe arches on the low register of this example suggest Western, probably Spanish production. Incense played an important role in al- Andalus, as it did throughout the medieval world, and the international trade in aromatic substances was a lucrative one.
[ E. Safani, New York, until 1967; sold to MMA]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Daniel S. Walker, Arturo Ponce Guadián, Sussan Babaie, Stefano Carboni, Aimee Froom, Marie Lukens Swietochowski, Tomoko Masuya, Annie Christine Daskalakis-Matthews, Abdallah Kahil, and Rochelle Kessler. "Colegio de San Ildefonso, Septiembre de 1994-Enero de 1995." In Arte Islámico del Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York. Mexico City: Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, 1994. no. 75, pp. 194-195, ill. p. 195 (color).

Makariou, Sophie, Juan Zozaya, Abderrazzak Zakzouk, Cristobal Gonzalez Roman, Pierre Guichard, Marthe Bernus-Taylor, Gabriel Martinez-Gros, Danielle Jacquart, Hamid Triki, Christian Poche, and Abdesselam Cheddadi. Les Andalousies de Damas a Cordoue. Institut du Monde Arabe, 2001. no. 170, p. 152, ill. (color).



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