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Incense Burner in the Form of a Bird

Artist Culture
Persian
Period
Saljuq period, 1038–1194
Date
12th century
Material
Bronze
Place of origin
Iran, Asia
Place made
Iran, Asia
Classification
Metalwork
Current Location
On View, Gallery 120
Dimensions
7 1/8 x 3 3/8 x 8 3/4 in. (18.1 x 8.6 x 22.2 cm)
weight: 1 lb. 7.2 oz. (0.7 kg)
Credit Line
Eliza McMillan Trust
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
245:1952
NOTES
This life-sized sculpture of a bird is an incense burner. A small drawer within its chest opens to hold incense. Once lit, the smoke would emanate from pierced holes in its neck. The incised patterns on the wings are a mixture of realistic feathers and interlocking circles, a combination that stems from an aesthetic appreciation of geometric patterns rather than from a desire to avoid life-like realism. Before the late 18th century, all Islamic art objects were functional in some way.
- 1952
Heeramaneck Galleries [Nasli M. Heeramaneck (1902–1971) and Alice Strong Arvine Heeramaneck (1910–1993)
], New York, NY [1]

1952 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Heeramaneck Galleries [2]


Notes:
[1] Handwritten and signed inventory/bill of sale from Heeramaneck Galleries dated October 13, 1952 [SLAM document files].

[2] Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control, October 10, 1952.
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