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.
- Ethnography and Folk Medicine
- incense burner
- furnishing and equipment
- container - receptacle
- Loan: Wellcome Trust
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