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Hemispherical half of incense burner of engraved brass inlaid 
with silver and pierced
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Hemispherical half of incense burner of engraved brass inlaid with silver and pierced

Late 15th to early 16th century

Metalworker
Mamluk, late 15th-early 16th Century

Formerly attributed to Veneto-Saracenic

Metalworked brass with silver inlay and later piercing

Diameter: 13.6 cm;

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Gambier-Parry, Mark; bequest; 1966
O.1966.GP.210

About this work
Mamluk incense burners became fashionable accessories of the wealthy in Renaissance Italy: Lorenzo de’ Medici owned three of them. Their prestige was enhanced by the burning of exotic imported aromatics such as aloes wood and ambergris. They were also used on the altars of draughty Northern cathedrals both to perfume the air and to warm the hands of the priests. (Permanent collection label)



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