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Silver Pierced Mughal Domed Incense Burner

North India
19th century

height of burner: 19cm, height with chains: 42cm, weight: 515g



UK art market.

This  fine incense burner, of engraved and pieced hammered sheet silver is suspended from three silver chains. It has six feet. The sides and a prominent domed cover that pulls off are embellished with particularly fine open-work comprising trellised arabesques interspersed by flower heads. The cover is topped by a roundel engraved with a multi-petalled flower and a solid-cast bud-like finial.

The shape is architectural and derived from a north Indian Mughal mausoleum. Possibly, the burner was commissioned to adorn the interior of a mausoleum. Zebrowski (1997) illustrates a variety of Deccan and north Indian mausoleums such as the mid-sixteenth century Tomb of Sultan Jamshed Qutb Shah (r. 1543-50) in the Deccan that undoubtedly provided the impetus for forms such as this incense burner.

The burner is without damage or repairs.

The Tomb of Ibrahim Padshah, Bejapore.


Zebrowski, M., Gold, Silver & Bronze from Mughal India, Alexandria Press, 1997.

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