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Name of Object:

Feline incense burner


Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (Sharjah)

Holding Museum:

Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation

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Date of Object:

Hegira 5th to 6th century / AD 11th - 12th century

Museum Inventory Number:

SM 1996 – 211

Period / Dynasty:



Eastern Iran or Afghanistan


Feline incense burners like this one have been associated with the royal courts of medieval Eastern Iran and Afghanistan, where lions, lynxes and cheetahs symbolized the power and strength of the ruler. The head can be tilted back for the hot charcoal and incense to be placed into the perforated body. The tail serves as a handle.

Citation of this web page:

 "Feline incense burner" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;ua;Mus21;23;en

MWNF Working Number: UA 23


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