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Mosque Lamp

Object Name:
Mosque lamp
Date:
14th century
Geography:
Egypt or Syria
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Glass, colorless with yellow tinge; blown, applied blown foot, enameled and gilded
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.1539
  • Description

    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.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    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)

  • Provenance

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

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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