Ceramic Mosque Lamp

Ibn al-Ghaibi al-Tabrizi

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454

Mosque lamps made of opaque, rather than translucent or pierced, materials functioned as symbolic ornaments rather than practical lighting devices. This piece bears a signature associating it with the famous workshop of Ghaibi, who was active in Syria and later in Egypt. The dense spirals etched through the black underglaze pigment are especially characteristic of Ghaibi’s wares.

Ceramic Mosque Lamp, Ibn al-Ghaibi al-Tabrizi, Stonepaste; polychrome-painted under transparent glaze

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