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turquoise Glazed Incense Burner - AMD.80
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 1200 AD to 1300 AD
Dimensions: 3.9" (9.9cm) high x 7" (17.8cm) wide
Collection: Islamic Art
Medium: Glazed Pottery


Additional Information: AS

Location: UAE
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Description
This is a very rare incense burner from Central Asia. It is of bulbous form with a wide circular mouth on a short foot. It is decorated in a vibrant turquoise glaze. It is delicately pierced with bands of diamond-shaped rosettes. The series of small openings on the sides, arranged in bands, were quiet sufficient to emit the smoke of the incense. The shape of this vase-looking incense burner was frequently seen on Seljuk metalwork. Highly scented incense was a valuable commodity in the Islamic World, and had been since ancient times, when caravans laden with incense and other precious items travelled across Arabia. The Incense Route was a series of major ancient trading routes stretching across Egypt to India, through Arabia. The incense trade flourished from South Arabia to the Mediterranean between roughly the 3rd century BC to the 2nd century BC. The Incense Route served as a channel for trading of goods such as Arabian frankincense and myrrh, Indian spices, ebony, silk, and fine textiles; and East African rare woods, feathers, animal skin and gold. - (AMD.80)

 

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