Incense Burner

Object Name: Incense burner

Date: 11th century

Geography: Attributed to Spain, Andalusia

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


The square shape, high domed lid, long horizontal handle, four zoomorphic feet, and openwork horseshoe arches on the lower register of this incense burner identify a specific typology that fits well into a western Islamic, almost certainly Spanish production. The crescent finials and the projecting winged section atop the vault of the lid enliven the otherwise compact and severe form of this object.