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Mosque Lamp Bearing the Name of the Mamluk Sultan al-Malik al-Nasir

Object Name:
Mosque lamp
Date:
ca. 1340
Geography:
Syria
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Glass, colorless with brown tinge; blown, applied blown foot, applied handles; enameled and gilded
Dimensions:
H. 13 in. (33 cm) Diam. of rim 8 5/8 in. (21.9 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.987
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    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."

  • Provenance

    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)

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