Silver incense burner, Persian, c 1750-1900.
4 0 c m
 
29cm
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm

Silver incense burner, Persian, c 1750-1900.

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Description

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.
 

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10285129
 

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