Parthian Bronze Incense Burner
This small, circular bronze incense burner with a wide flat rim, stands on three short feet. Its complete simplicity of form allows the exceptionally elaborate handle, fashioned as a griffin, to be fully appreciated. The sleek creature stands with its forepaws resting on the bowl’s rim, its exaggeratedly curved neck craned over the vessel. Its long muzzle has an upturned snout, and the mouth is held slightly open. There is a small wing at each shoulder. In keeping with the face’s sinuous forms, the body is unusually slender, and curves through to the stockier hind quarters. The long handle enabled the incense burner to be carried even when holding burning wicks.