Hand-warmer

A globular hand-warmer, made in two hemispheres, one fitted with a fire-pot hung in gimbals. Brass. Surface pierced with small holes. Decoration engraved and inlaid with silver.

Historical period(s)
Mamluk period, mid-14th century
Medium
Brass
Dimensions
Diam: 12.5 cm (4 15/16 in)
Geography
Egypt or Syria
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1939.58a-b
On View Location
Freer Gallery 03: Engaging the Senses: Art in the Islamic World
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Tool and Equipment
Type

Hand warmer

Keywords
chasing, Egypt, inlay, Mamluk period (1250 - 1517), spinning (metalwork), Syria, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

A globular hand-warmer, made in two hemispheres, one fitted with a fire-pot hung in gimbals. Brass. Surface pierced with small holes. Decoration engraved and inlaid with silver.

Published References
  • Urdu Encyclopedia of Islam. vol. 1: pp. 597-607, pl. 4.
  • Seiichi Masuda. From a Trip of Archaeological Research to Iran. no. 120 Tokyo, March 1961. p. 23.
  • Dr. Esin Atil. Art of the Arab World. Exh. cat. Washington, 1975. cat. 80, p. 148.
  • Dr. Esin Atil, W. Thomas Chase, Paul Jett. Islamic Metalwork in the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, 1985. cat. 23, pp. 171-175.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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