Pierced Globe

Object Name: Incense burner

Date: late 13th–early 14th century

Geography: Attributed to Syria, Damascus

Medium: Brass; spun and turned, pierced, chased, inlaid with gold, silver, and black compound

Dimensions: H. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm)
H. with chain. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm)
Diam. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm)

Classification: Metal

Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

Accession Number: 17.190.2095a, b


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.