Incense Burner in the Form of a Lynx

12th century AD

The Khalili Collections

The Khalili Collections

Lynxes were highly prized hunting animals and, as they were easily tamed, also favourite pets. Here the head, with its perked ears, almond-shaped eyes, flattened nose, moustache and toothy grin, is particularly well realised. The rich engraved decoration, all once inlaid with a black compound, includes two panels with Kufic benedictory inscriptions. This incense burner was filled through an opening in the chest, which houses a container for the glowing charcoal and grains of incense: to replenish it one merely withdrew the coal box.


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

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