Mosque Lamp

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454

One of the conventions of Mamluk mosque lamp decoration was to execute one inscription band in blue and the other in reserve against a blue ground. On this lamp, the neck and foot repeat the phrase al‑'alim ("The Wise"), punctuated by an as yet unassigned emblem, while the body bears a formulaic dedicatory inscription but no name.

Mosque Lamp, Glass; blown, enameled, and gilded

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