Spittoon or Incense Burner

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463

Such baluster-shaped vessels are seen in paintings from the Deccan and Mughal periods, most often on the ground at a royal gathering or held by an attendant. One is included in the nearby painting Sultan Ibrahim ‘Adil Shah II Venerates a Sufi Saint. The spiral fluting is fairly typical of Deccani metalwork, though surviving examples in this shape are exceedingly rare.

Spittoon or Incense Burner, Brass; cast in sections, joined, engraved

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