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Incense Burner

Object Name:
Incense burner
Date:
12th–13th century
Geography:
Attributed to Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Bronze; cast
Dimensions:
H. 3 1/4 in. (8.25 cm) W. 2 11/16 in. (6.8 cm) D. 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm) Wt. 5.9 oz. (167.3 g)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Gift of Richard S. Perkins, 1969
Accession Number:
69.211
Not on view
This object represents a type of zoomorphic incense burner, many of which have survived. The square opening in the chest once held a drawer for the placement of incense whose aroma would escape through the perforated areas. The falcon's head represents the upper section of a full bird's figure that was once hinged to the rest of the body.
Richard S. Perkins(until 1969; gifted to MMA)
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