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Incense Burner in the Form of a Bird

Incense Burner in the Form of a Bird

Incense Burner in the Form of a Bird

Incense Burner in the Form of a Bird

Date: 12th century

Culture: Persian

Period: Saljuq period, 1038–1194

Medium: bronze
7 1/8 x 3 3/8 x 8 3/4 in. (18.1 x 8.6 x 22.2 cm)
weight: 1 lb. 7.2 oz. (0.7 kg)
Credit Line: Eliza McMillan Trust
Object Number: 245:1952
Place made:Iran
Classification: METALWORK
Current Location:On View, Gallery 120
Notes:This life-sized sculpture of a bird is an incense burner. A small drawer within its chest opens to hold incense. Once lit, the smoke would emanate from pierced holes in its neck. The incised patterns on the wings are a mixture of realistic feathers and interlocking circles, a combination that stems from an aesthetic appreciation of geometric patterns rather than from a desire to avoid life-like realism. Before the late 18th century, all Islamic art objects were functional in some way.
Provenance- 1952
Heeramaneck Galleries [Nasli M. Heeramaneck (1902–1971) and Alice Strong Arvine Heeramaneck (1910–1993)
], New York, NY [1]

1952 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Heeramaneck Galleries [2]

[1] Handwritten and signed inventory/bill of sale from Heeramaneck Galleries dated October 13, 1952 [SLAM document files].

[2] Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control, October 10, 1952.
Exhibition History
Title: Beauty and Belief: Crossing with the Arts of Islamic Culture
Date: February 24, 2012 – January 13, 2013
Venue: BYU Museum of Art
Venue: The Indianapolis Museum of Art

Publication History
Title: The St. Louis Art Museum: Handbook of the Collections
Year Published: 1975

Title: Handbook of the Collections: The City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Year Published: 1953

Title: Beauty and Belief: Crossing Bridges with the Arts of Islamic Culture
Year Published: 2012

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