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Mosque Lamp of Amir Sayf al-Din Shaykhu

Object Name:
Mosque lamp
Date:
ca. 1349–55
Geography:
Attributed to Syria
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Glass, colorless with green tinge; blown, folded foot, applied handles, enameled and gilded
Dimensions:
H. 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm) Max Diam. 11 7/16 in. (29.1 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.1537
Not on view
Inscription: On neck: Verse from the Qur'an, ch. 24 "Surat al-Nur" ('The Light'), beginning of verse 35.
"God is the light of the heavens and the earth. The semblance of His light us that of a niche in which is a lamp."
Translation from Ahmed Ali (Princeton University Press, 1984), p. 301

On body: "By order of his Excellency, the most Noble, the Exalted, the Lord, the Master, Seif-ad-din, Sheikho, the Victorious (An-Nasir)."
(Translation by Nicholas Martinovitch)

On body: "By order of His Most Noble and High Excellency, our Lord, the Honored, Saif ad Din Shaikhu (officer of) an Nasir."
(Translation by H. McAllister, by analogy to L.A. Mayer, Saracenic Heraldry, p. 204)
Edward C. Moore (American, New York 1827–1891 New York), New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)
Schimmel, Annemarie. "Islamic Calligraphy." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., vol. 50, no. 1 (Summer 1992). p. 27, ill. fig. 33 (color).

Suleman, Fahmida, ed. "The Qur'an and its Creative Expressions." In Word of God, Art of Man. Qur'anic Studies Series 4. United States: Oxford University Press, 2007. p. 281, ill. fig. 16.5 (color.

Wypyski, Mark. Metropolitan Museum Studies in Art, Science, and Technology. vol. 1. New York, 2010. pp. 113, 116, 120-1, ill. figs. 6, 13.

Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. p. 4, ill. fig. 2 (b/w).



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