Pierced Globe

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454

Designed as an incense burner, this globe once hung from a chain. Inside the hinged body is a small cup, slung on three rings (gimbals) to stabilize the burning coal or incense in the suspended container. The inscription bands do not name the object’s owner, but repeat a string of epithets lauding him.

#6700. Pierced Globe

Pierced Globe, Brass; spun and turned, pierced, chased, inlaid with gold, silver, and black compound

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