Incense Burner in the Form of a Dove

12th century AD

The Khalili Collections

The Khalili Collections

The dove's plumage is elegantly rendered with a bold medallion of seven roundels at the wing joints and a scale pattern at their tips and on the tail. It has a rectangular opening in its breast for the coal box. The back has a roundel on the head and a panel between the wings, both filled with palmette scrolls, as is the band encircling the base of the neck, which is pierced with holes to allow the smoke to escape.


  • Title: Incense Burner in the Form of a Dove
  • Date Created: 12th century AD
  • Location Created: Iran, Khurasan
  • Medium: quaternary copper alloy, cast with openwork and engraved decoration

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