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Feline Incense Burner

Feline Incense Burner


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Copper alloy, cast and chased

Overall: 35.5 x 11 cm (14 x 4 5/16 in.); Head: 17.8 x 9.5 x 12.5 cm (7 x 3 3/4 x 4 15/16 in.)

Weight: 8.78 kg (19.36 lbs.)

John L. Severance Fund 1948.308.a



The head of this lion could be removed to fill its body with hot coals and incense; the pierced walls enabled the scented smoke to disperse. Inscriptions around the lion's neck and along his spine are from the Quur'an (62:9–10) and read in part: "O believers, when proclamation is made for prayer on the Day of Congregation, hasten to God's remembrance and leave trafficking aside . . . then, when the prayer is finished, disperse through the land and seek God's bounty, and remember God frequently that you may prosper."

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Islamic Art
Islamic Art
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