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Mosque Lamp of Amir Ahmad al-Mihmandar

Object Name:
Mosque lamp
Date:
ca. 1325
Geography:
Egypt or Syria
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Glass, colorless with brown tinge; blown, folded foot, applied wick holder and handles, enameled and gilded
Dimensions:
H. 10 1/2in. (26.7cm) Max. diam. 8 3/16 in. (20.8 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.1534
  • Description

    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.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    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."

  • Provenance

    ? Charles H.A. Schéfer, Paris; Edward C. Moore, New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)

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