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Mosque Lamp

Object Name:
Mosque lamp
first half 14th century
Attributed to Syria
Glass; enameled
H. 14 5/16 in. (36.4 cm) Max Diam. 10 1/8 in. (25.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
Not on view
This enameled and gilded mosque lamp on a high foot is decorated with six circular blazons of a red cup on a white field, the heraldic symbol of a cupbearer in the service of the Mamluk Sultan al-Nasir Nasir al-Din Muhammad during the last of his three reigns (1310–1340). The patron would have been either Baktamur al-Muʿazzami or Qawsun al-Nasiri, both of whom served the sultan during this period. Sultan al-Nasir's name is inscribed in three roundels on the underside of the body. The lotus flower decoration and shape of the lamp support its dating to the years between 1320 and 1340.
Inscription: Bearing the name of Sultan Nasir ed-Dunia wad-Din Mohammed ibn Kalaun (1293-1341).

Translation of inscription on the body, in three medallions: "Glory to our Lord, the Sultan, the King, the Succorer, Aid of State and Church (Nasir-ed-Dunia wad-Din) Mohammed ibn (son of) Kalaun, magnified be his triumph." (Nicholas Martinovitch)
? Charles H.A. Schéfer, Paris; Edward C. Moore (American, New York 1827–1891 New York),New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Making the Invisible Visible," April 2, 2013–August 4, 2013, no catalogue.

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 243, ill. fig. 158 (b/w).

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Islamic Glass: A Brief History." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 44, no. 2 (Fall 1986). Front cover, ill. (color).

Wypyski, Mark. Metropolitan Museum Studies in Art, Science, and Technology. vol. 1. New York, 2010. pp. 113, 115, 116, 119-121, 126.

Landau, Amy S. "Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts." In Pearls on a String. Baltimore: Walters Art Museum, 2015. p. 101, ill. fig. 3.10 (color.

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