This is a very rare incense burner from Central
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
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.