Enamelled and gilt incense burner 1701-1850

Made:
1701-1850 in Iran

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Enamelled and gilt incense burner, with cup supported in gimbal, perhaps Persian, 1701-1850

Enamelled and gilt incense burner, with cup supported in gimbal, probably from Persia (Iran), 1701-1850. The burning of incense dates back to ancient times. It was believed that some types of incense, particularly frankincense and myrrh, had medicinal value. They would either be burned so that the patient could benefit from inhaling the healing smoke, or applied as an ointment.

Details

Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Materials:
brass and copper
Identifier:
A29522
type:
incense burner
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
credit:
Sotheby's