4 April 2006
A VENETO-SARACENIC SILVER INLAID PIERCED BRASS INCENSE BURNER
EGYPT OR SYRIA, MID-15TH CENTURY
Of spherical form, each half engraved with a central roundel of knotted interlace above a major band of further roundels containing knotted interlace, between bands of meandering vine, gimbels lacking, some silver missing
4¾in. (12cm.) diam.
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For photographs and details of the sixty-four known incense burners of this form, with a discussion of their typography, please see Sylvia Auld, Renaissance Venice, Islam and Mahmud the Kurd, London, 2004, pp.116-140.
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