Seller: islamiqueantiques_dot_com (1,108) 100%, Location: Leeds, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 281838356618 Condition: Please see listing for full details, Material: Bronze, Details: Unique Khorassan MINIATURE Incense Burner long handle c1200CEBeautiful Khorasan Cast Brass Incense burner with handle 800+ years oldThis is a very rare and diminutive incense burner with a long handle and four ball feet. This shape is documented and a few examples are known of this style BUT what makes this piece rarer and even more desirable is the miniature size. It appears that this piece was made as an example often referred to as a “trades man's sample”.Tradesman's samples widely known in English furniture and are often referred to as “apprentice pieces”:http://richardgardnerantiques.co.uk/page/775/ANTIQUE+Miniature+furnitureIf you look at English furniture miniatures, they are more likely to be TRADESMAN'S samples than apprentice pieces. A manufacturer of English furniture would not be able to transport a range of furniture to show a wealthy merchant what was available (this was before the days of websites!), so a travelling tradesman would carry miniature versions of several types of furniture to demostrate the style and type of furniture available:http://www.timmsantiques.com/p/articles-%26-information/what-is-miniature-furniture?Now, imagine 800 years ago, the metalworkers would be busy in their workshop/foundry. They would send their 'salesmen' out to visit wealthy merchants, nobility and other prospective customers to show them what type and style of piece could be made. The alternative would be that the prospective patron/customer would come into the workshop and would be shown these mini-versions of what could be made by the metalworkers. I do not really believe that rich merchants in their expensive clothing would walk into a blacksmiths/metalworking shop with all that heat & smell to ruin their clothes and overwhelm their senses!The block of incense would have sat in the hollow section and the scent of the bakhoor would have escaped through the pierced grills. It is possible that a piece of coal (on which the piece of bakhoor would be placed to burn) was taken from a large fire and the purpose of the pierced handle is to stop the heat moving up the handle and burning the hand.There is a lot of detail on this beautiful piece and it is in excellent condition with areas of wear that result in an overall wonderful ancient patina. This artefact is excavated and has all the associated wear and tear that one would expect from an ancient piece that has been in the ground for several centuries. The four ball feet are intact and there is is a rosette motif in the centre of the underside, surrounded by another circular design. Threesides are pierced with one or two very minor losses on the piercing. Even the handle is hollow and pierced to prevent the heat travelling up the handle.The four knops are beautifully shaped in a triangular conical shape. Looking from above, the hollow central section is also shaped to look like a rosette. The long hollow handle is also pierced and there is a beautiful terminal with a knob and finishing with another rosette at the end of the handle.This wonderful miniature cast brass (bronze) incense burner is only 175mm long by 60mm high by 60mm wide. This is too small for practical use and therefore must have been a sample to show potential customers the design and shape of what the artisan could make.I GUARANTEE that this is a miniature version, designed to act as a model/demonstration piece of Khorsasan workmanship from the period 1150-1250CE.Any miniature Khorasan metalwork is exceedingly rare and I have only been able to find ONE other example. It is a tripod and stand shown in the last photograph above and these were only 6 inches in height! I am currently selling a FULL size Khurasan tripod which is VERY RARE.Here is a full size version of a long handled Khorasan incense burner that sold for £18,000 in 2004 (prices have gone up significantly since that time).http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2004/arts-of-the-islamic-world-l04220/lot.77.htmlPlease note that due to some remnant soil residue inside the handle, the handle is SLIGHTLY heavier than the main body of the incense burner.This causes the artefact to tip over BUT this is not a major issue as it can be addressed by simply placing a thin piece of card (or anything similar such as a coin, a thin piece of wood, a piece of paper, etc) under the two feet closest to the handle. 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