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incense burner (or reliquary or tabernacle) in the shape of a small 5 domes church in silver and gold (10th / 11th century CE) of unknown origin, perhaps from Constantinople or the ME - Treasury of San Marco in Venice. The particular shape, workmanship and symbology (centaurs, hippogryphs, lions, and the child with his buttocks exposed) make it difficult to understand the origin and original use of this enigmatic object

Incense burner in shape of an octagonal shrine Object Name: Incense burner Date: 17th century Geography: India, Deccan Culture: Islamic Medium: Brass Dimensions: H. 9 7/16 in. (24 cm) Diam. 7 1/16 in. (18 cm) Classification: Metal Credit Line: Private Collection, London