Ceramic Vessel in the Shape of a Mosque Lamp

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 460

With its delicate spiraling stem design, this small vessel belongs to a group of ceramics formerly referred to as "Golden Horn" wares. Current scholarship, however, prefers the term tughrakes-, or "tughra‑illuminator" style for such decoration, comparing its design to the fine swirling vines adorning tughra calligraphies. During this period, pottery shapes often imitated metalwork forms. This piece, however, emulates glass mosque lamps, which often displayed Arabic inscriptions.

Ceramic Vessel in the Shape of a Mosque Lamp, Stonepaste; painted in blue under transparent glaze

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