Ja'far ibn Muhammad ibn `Ali / Incense Burner / 1181-82Ja'far ibn Muhammad ibn `Ali
Incense Burner

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Creator Name: Ja'far ibn Muhammad ibn `Ali
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Name-CRT: Ja'far ibn Muhammad ibn `Ali
Title: Incense Burner
Title Type: Object name
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Creation Start Date: 1181
Creation End Date: 1182
Creation Date: 1181-82
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Metalwork
Materials and Techniques: Cast bronze with openwork decoration
Dimensions: H. 33 1/2 in. (85.1 cm), L. 32 1/2 in. (82.6 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 51.56
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1951
Rights: http://www.metmuseum.org/

This large metal sculpture of a lion belongs to a small group of incense burners of similar form and size. The head comes off so that the incense can be placed inside, and the arabesque interlace on the body and neck has been pierced to allow the aroma to escape. The Arabic inscriptions in kufic script on various parts of the animal as well as on three bosses provide us with the name of the amir who commissioned the work, its artist, and the date, A.H. 577.

AMICA ID: MMA_.51.56
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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