Glass, colorless with brown tinge; blown, folded foot, applied wick holder and handles, enameled and gilded
H. 10 1/2in. (26.7cm)
Max. diam. 8 3/16 in. (20.8 cm)
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454
According to its inscription, Ahmad al‑Mihmandar (d. 1332) donated this lamp—probably one of several— to the madrasa that he erected in Cairo in 1324–25. His blazon, a white disk charged with a gold shield against a red bar, appears six times, amid a Qur'anic inscription on the neck (Sura 9:18) and against dense foliage on the underside.
Inscription: On neck: Verse from the Qur'an, ch. 9 "Surat at-Tauba" ('Repentance'), beginning of verse 18. "Only those who belive in God and the Last Day" Translation from Ahmed Ali (Princeton University Press, 1984)
On body: "This is what was dedicated by the humble servant of God Almighty, hoping for the forgiveness of Allah Almighty, Ahmad al Mihmandar, Allah forgive him. (L.A. Mayer; Saracenic Heraldry, cf. p. 190) This is what was made a 'waqf' by the servant yearning for God the exalted, hoping for the pardon of Allah the Exalted, Ahmad al Mihmandar, may God forgive him his sins."
? Charles H.A. Schéfer, Paris; Edward C. Moore, New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)
Wypyski, Mark. Metropolitan Museum Studies in Art, Science, and Technology. vol. 1. New York, 2010. pp. 109, 111, 112, 114, 119, 120-1, 124, ill. figs. 3, 5.