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MTW 1041
MTW 1041

Incense Burner in the Form of an Elephant

MTW 1041

eastern Iran or northern India

late 12th or early 13th century AD

MTW 1041

Incense Burner in the Form of an Elephant

MTW 1041

eastern Iran or northern India

late 12th or early 13th century AD

copper alloy, cast, pierced and engraved

19.5 x 16 x 9cm

The elephant’s head is hinged, giving access to the coal box, which is simply its belly. The construction and pierced decoration are rather different from the animal-shaped incense burners of pre-Mongol Iran, and, like the Indian theme of its decoration, may suggest that it was made in one of the sultanate states of northern India.

J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.99, p.95.