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Mosque Lamp of Amir Sayf al-Din Shaykhu

Object Name:
Mosque lamp
Date:
ca. 1349–55
Geography:
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
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    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)

  • Provenance

    Edward C. Moore, New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)

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