Bronze; cast, engraved, inlaid with silver and copper
H. 8 in. (20.3 cm) W. 11 13/16 in. (30 cm) L. 9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm)
Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts and Harvey and Elizabeth Plotnick Gifts, 2001
Not on view
The bird‑headed handle of this lamp was cast separately from its three‑spouted body. Oil was poured into the lamp through the large opening, once covered with a lid, as indicated by the surviving hinge. A tab on the base and keyholes on the body demonstrate that the lamp could either rest on a stand or hang from a chain. The inscription conveys good wishes, and the absence of a dedication suggests that the piece was made for the market rather than as a private commission.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: [Francesca Leoni, fellow: 04-15-08]:
"Glory, longevity, power, and glory to its owner."
In naskhi script:
العز و الاقبال و الد/ العز لصاحبه
[ Sam Fogg, London, until 2001; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Rumi," October 15, 2007–March 5, 2008, no catalogue.
Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 60, no. 2 (2001–2002). p. 10, ill. (color).