Islamic & Oriental Art - Timed Auction 9 June 2019
Timed auction. Open, accepting bids. Number of lots: 350+.

Lot 36 - Two large seljuk feline bronze censers

Lot nr: 36
Reference: 300-751 (€ 2.000 - € 3.000)

Two large seljuk bronze censers with a circular pierced base, and long cylindrical middel section, beautifully engraved with Arabic calligraphy in Kufic script.The cat shaped finial with its mouth open and ears pricked, the chest perforated to allow incense to escape, with two turquoise inlays, in the form of eyes.

Note: These highly stylised felines are typical of items produced in the workshops of Khurassan under the Seljuk dynasty (1037-1194 AD), in the eastern territories of ancient Persia. Lions and lynxes are common motifs in Islamic art, although lions themselves are a rarity in the regions concerned, and are thus treated as legendary creatures. They were also familiar motifs in the iconography of kingship or nobility, symbolising strength, courage, and royal magnanimity.


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11th -12th century
55.00 cm. H
21.65 in. H


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9 Jun 09:10:00 CEST

Reference: 300-751
Lot nr: 36
Estimate: € 2.000 - € 3.000
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