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Vessel with Pierced Designs

Object Name:
Basin
Date:
ca. 700
Geography:
Attributed to Syria
Medium:
Bronze; pierced and chased
Dimensions:
H. 2 5/8 in. (6.6 cm)
Diam. 4 5/8 in. (11.8 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art , and Rogers Fund, 1993
Accession Number:
1993.319
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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