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Incense burner, cast in two sections and comprising a cylindrical body on three legs with prominent feet. The lid is dome-shaped with a finial at its apex. As with other incense burners of this type, the long tubular handle is missing. The dome is perforated to let the fumes escape. Two medallions on the base and four on the lid depict the moon as a female figure holding a crescent disc. The medallions set into a field of arabesque scrolls, as well as the figures and the naskhi inscription at the top of the lid, are inlaid with silver. The inscription reads: “Glory, longevity and exaltation“, followed by the signature of the artist, Husayn, son of Abu Bakr Sinni-i-Razi. This nisba (moniker) establishes the artisan as a native of al-Sinn, a village in the southeastern suburb of modern Teheran. Richly ornamented incense burners were expensive and would have been owned only by the wealthiest members of society.
Iran, 13th century / Brass, cast, pierced and engraved with silver inlay / H: 20 cm; Diam.: 9.6 cm