Brazier of Sultan al-Malik al-Muzaffar Shams al-Din Yusuf ibn 'Umar

Object Name: Brazier

Date: second half 13th century

Geography: From Egypt

Medium: Brass; cast, chased, inlaid with silver and black compound

Dimensions: H. 13 7/8 in. (35.2 cm)
W. 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm)
Max Depth. 16 3/8 in. (41.6 cm)

Classification: Metal

Credit Line: Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891

Accession Number: 91.1.540


This only surviving Mamluk brazier, one of the best examples of inlaid metalwork, was dedicated to the Rasulid sultan of Yemen, al-Malik al-Muzaffar Shams al-Din Yusuf ibn 'Umar (r. 1250–95). The attribution is confirmed by the presence of the five-petalled rosette, the emblem of the Rasulids. Such braziers were probably used as grills and heaters.