A Fatimid bronze incense burner or oil lamp, Egypt, 10th-12th century
30,000 - 50,000 GBP
the bronze body on four curved legs, with three spouts corresponding shaped hinged lid, ring-handle to rear, with tall openwork neck carved with foliate Kufic inscriptions along three walls
20.5 by 10 by 15.5cm.
The surface with oxidisation and abrasion with associated discoloration consistent with age, as viewed. With accompanying conservation restoration report by Neil F. Perry-Smith confirming that "previous restoration was mechanically removed, revealing that calligraphic panels and handle were previously joined using lead, all sections original and belong, panel sections removed, mechanically cleaned and rejoined using polyester resin, abraded areas were toned-in with watercolours" dated 8/3/2011.
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