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Ceramic Mosque Lamp

Maker:
Ibn al-Ghaybi al-Tawrizi
Object Name:
Mosque lamp
Date:
15th century
Geography:
Egypt
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; polychrome painted under transparent glaze
Dimensions:
H. 13 13/16 in. (35.1 cm) Diam. 9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.95
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454
Mosque lamps made of opaque, rather than translucent or pierced, materials functioned as symbolic ornaments rather than practical lighting devices. This piece bears a signature associating it with the famous workshop of Ghaibi, who was active in Syria and later in Egypt. The dense spirals etched through the black underglaze pigment are especially characteristic of Ghaibi’s wares.
Signature: Ibn al-Ghaibi al-Tabrizi.
? Charles H.A. Schéfer, Paris; Edward C. Moore, New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 216, ill. fig. 142 (b/w).



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