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Mosque Lamp

Object Name:
Mosque lamp
14th century
Attributed to Egypt or Syria
Glass, colorless with yellow tinge; blown, applied blown foot, enameled and gilded
H. 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm) Max. diam. 8 13/16 in. (22.4 cm) Diam. with handles: 9 1/8 in. (23.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454
One of the conventions of Mamluk mosque lamp decoration was to execute one inscription band in blue and the other in reserve against a blue ground. On this lamp, the neck and foot repeat the phrase al‑'alim ("The Wise"), punctuated by an as yet unassigned emblem, while the body bears a formulaic dedicatory inscription but no name.
Inscription: On the neck, in Arabic: "al-alim" (The Wise) (repeated six times)

On the body, in Arabic: "Of what was made by order of his Excellency the Exalted, the Lord, the Great Amir, the Honorable, the Master, the Wise, the Exalted, the Prince."

On the foot, in Arabic: "al-alim" (The Wise) (repeated six times)
Edward C. Moore (American, New York 1827–1891 New York), New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)
Bloomington. Indiana University. "Islamic Art Across the World," June 18, 1970–October 1, 1970, no. 236.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Renaissance of Islam: Art of the Mamluks," November 21, 1981–January 10, 1982, suppl. #25.

Bowie, Theodore Robert. "An Exhibition Prepared by Theodore Bowie." In Islamic Art Across the World. Vol. no. 1970/3. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Art Museum, 1970. no. 236.

Wypyski, Mark. Metropolitan Museum Studies in Art, Science, and Technology. vol. 1. New York, 2010. pp. 118, 120-1, 124.

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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