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Vessel with Pierced Designs

Object Name:
ca. 700
Attributed to Syria
Bronze; pierced and chased
H. 2 5/8 in. (6.6 cm)
Diam. 4 5/8 in. (11.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art , and Rogers Fund, 1993
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451
Bronze was used extensively in the early Islamic period. Judging from the pierced decoration, this object might have been part of a lamp or an incense burner, its pierced surfaces perfect for allowing light and scented smoke to pass through. The exterior is decorated with a horizontal band with alternating, interlacing roundels containing birds and stylized plants. The bottom also features stylized plant designs arranged radially.
[ AXIA, London and Leichtenstein, until 1993; sold to MMA]
Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 52, no 2 (1993–1994). p.16, ill. (b/w).

Canby, Sheila R. "The Scented World : Incense Burners and Perfume Containers from Spain to Central Asia." Arts of Asia vol. 42 (2012). p. 121, ill. fig. 5 (color).

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