Deccan or Northern India
height with chains extended: 46cm; diameter of base: 22.5cm
This bronze brazier, in classic polygonal form supported on eight small legs and suspended by two double chains, would once have been used in an aristocratic or noble house to hold burning charcoals to provide heat during the winter months.
Each side has openwork panels against internal walling. The form is clearly architectural and is reminiscent of the tombs and shrines built to honor Muslim saints and princes across northern India, Persia and Turkey.
It is designed to sit either on the floor or be suspended overhead.
UK art market.
Inventory no.: 940