Mosque Lamp Bearing the Name of the Mamluk Sultan al-Malik al-Nasir
Attributed to Syria
Glass, colorless with brown tinge; blown, applied blown foot, applied handles; enameled and gilded
H. 13 in. (33 cm)
Diam. of rim 8 5/8 in. (21.9 cm)
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Not on view
Inscription: - Bearing the name of Al-Malik An-Nasir (1293-1340). Translation of Arabic inscription by Nicholas Martinovitch: on neck : "Glory to our Lord the Sultan, the King (Malik), the Victorious (An-Nasir), the Wise, the Just, the Warrior for Religion, the Defender of Frontiers, the Protector." On the three shields: "Glory to our Lord, the Sultan, the King." On body: "Glory to Our Lord, the King, the Wise, the Just, the Defender of Frontiers." On foot: "The 'wakf' [inalienable property] of the blessed and praiseworthy convert Al-Kerimi in Al-Karafa. Allah receive him who established this wakf and conclude his life with goodness and mercy, and forgiveness of his sins. O Lord of two worlds!" On the three shields: "Glory to our Lord, the Sultan, the King."
Charles Mannheim, Paris (until d. 1910; his sale, Galerie Georges Petit,Paris, 1910, no. 131); J. Pierpont Morgan, New York (until d. 1913; his estate 1913–17; gifted to MMA)
Wypyski, Mark. Metropolitan Museum Studies in Art, Science, and Technology. vol. 1. New York, 2010. pp. 114, 119, 122-3, 126.