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Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Spherical incense burners, few of which have survived, were hung from the ceiling or from the vault of an arch, and the ingenious system of gimbals (also called cardan joints) inside the sphere stabilized the burning incense in the swinging container.
Asian; Middle Eastern; Mameluk
end of 13th or beginning of 14th century
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Brass, inlaid with gold and silver
Diam. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, New York
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
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