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Incense Burner in the Form of an Elephant

late 12th or early 13th century AD

The Khalili Collections

The Khalili Collections

The elephant's head is hinged, giving access to the coal box, which is simply its belly. The construction and pierced decoration are rather different from the animal-shaped incense burners of pre-Mongol Iran, and, like the Indian theme of its decoration, may suggest that it was made in one of the sultanate states of northern India.

Details

  • Title: Incense Burner in the Form of an Elephant
  • Date Created: late 12th or early 13th century AD
  • Location Created: eastern Iran or northern India
  • Type: SCULPTURE
  • Medium: copper alloy, cast, pierced and engraved

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