Arts of the Islamic World
On View: Arts of the Islamic World, 2nd floor
Enameled glass lamps like this hung from a mosque ceiling on chains. The illuminated glow of the lamp symbolized divine light and, by extension, the presence of God. The Mamluk period in Egypt and Syria produced some of the finest examples of such lamps, which were commissioned to illuminate the interiors of Mamluk mosques and charitable foundations. This is the most characteristic type, with a flared neck, a rounded body with six handles, and a wide foot. It is one of the few Mamluk mosque lamps, however, with its wick still intact.
Colorless glass; blue, green, red, yellow, and white enamels; and gold; free blown, applied, enameled, and gilded; tooled on the pontil
- Possible place made: Syria
- Possible place made: Egypt
includes base, now detached: 12 x 8 in. (30.5 x 20.3 cm)
without base, now detached: 9 1/2 x 8 in. (24.1 x 20.3 cm)
base (now detached): 2 1/2 x 4 in. (6.4 x 10.2 cm)
mount: 9 1/2 × 8 × 8 in. (24.1 × 20.3 × 20.3 cm) (show scale)
In Arabic in thuluth script, "العالم / "al-`aalim" / "the wise," repeated around body three times.
Bequest of William H. Herriman
Prior to 1918, provenance not yet documented; by 1918, acquired by William H. Herriman of Rome, Italy; 1921, bequest of William H. Herriman to the Brooklyn Museum.
Mosque Lamp, 13th-14th century. Colorless glass; blue, green, red, yellow, and white enamels; and gold; free blown, applied, enameled, and gilded; tooled on the pontil, includes base, now detached: 12 x 8 in. (30.5 x 20.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of William H. Herriman, 21.484. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 21.484_PS11.jpg)
overall, 21.484_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2022
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