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Name of Object:

Incense burner


Copenhagen, Denmark

Holding Museum:

The David Collection

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Date of Object:

Hegira late 4th–beginning of the 5th century / AD late 10th–beginning of the 11th century

Museum Inventory Number:

Inv.no. 10/2005

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Cast, punched, and engraved bronze

Period / Dynasty:

Umayyad of al-Andalus, Caliphate period


Spain, Cordoba?


This incense burner in the form of a stylized parrot or falcon belongs to a small group of bronze sculptures, ascribed with a fairly great degree of probability to Umayyad Spain.
The bird is holding on with strong claws to a perch across a sphere that might have been placed on a tall pedestal. The body is engraved with feathers, palmettes, and a Kufi inscription.

Citation of this web page:

 "Incense burner" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;dn;Mus21;9;en

MWNF Working Number: DN 09


 Artistic Introduction

Islamic Dynasties / Period

Umayyads of al-Andalus

On display in

MWNF Galleries

Calligraphy Metalwork


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