Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Mosque lamp of Amir Qawsun, Mamluk period (1250–1517), ca. 1329–35
    Egypt
    Glass, colorless with brown tinge; blown, blown applied foot, enameled and gilded; H. 14 1/8 in. (35.9 cm), Max. Diam. 10 1/16 in. (25.6 cm), Diam. with handles 10 5/16 in. (26.2 cm)
    Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.991)

    Large glass lamps of this type were commissioned by sultans and members of their court for mosques, madrasas (Qur'anic schools), tombs, hospices, and other public buildings in fourteenth-century Mamluk Cairo. This example bears the name of its patron, Qawsun (d. 1342), amir of the Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qalaun (r. 1293–1341 with brief interruptions), and was probably intended for one of his two architectural commissions in Cairo—a mosque or a tomb-hospice complex.

    Related

    Index Terms

    Art Movement/Style

    Geography/Place

    Material and Technique

    Object

    Subject Matter/Theme


    On view: Gallery 454
    Move Separator Print
    Close
  • Mosque lamp of Amir Qawsun, Mamluk period (1250–1517), ca. 1329–35
    Egypt
    Glass, colorless with brown tinge; blown, blown applied foot, enameled and gilded; H. 14 1/8 in. (35.9 cm), Max. Diam. 10 1/16 in. (25.6 cm), Diam. with handles 10 5/16 in. (26.2 cm)
    Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.991)

    Move
    Close