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)
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