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.
Signature: Ibn al-Ghaibi al-Tabrizi.
? Charles H.A. Schéfer, Paris; Edward C. Moore, New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Mohammedan Decorative Arts. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1930. pp. 166–67, ill. fig. 102 (b/w).
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 216, ill. fig. 142 (b/w).