Period: Ming Dynasty Location: Private (David Winquist)
Description: An Arabic-inscribed bronze quatrelobed incense burner.
See item #756 for reference.
Item # 753
Origin: China Shape: Pot Material: Bronze
Period: Ming Dynasty Location: Onlinegalleries
Description: An Arabic-inscribed bronze quatrelobed incense burner of quatrelobed form, rising steeply from four short sturdy feet up to a flat rim, cast to each side with a barbed cartouche enclosing Arabic invocations, flanked by a pair of ruyi-head handles, the base cast with apocryphal Xuande four-character mark.
See item #753 for reference.
Description: Chinese–Islamic incense burner.
Contact between the Middle Kingdom and Muslims in the Middle East had existed for centuries before Ibn Battuta’s journey to China. As early as 651, only 19 years after the death of the Prophet Muhammad, a mission led by his maternal uncle is thought to have visited an emperor of the Tang Dynasty.