Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Islamic Middle East, Room 42, The Jameel Gallery

Window

before 1883 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Glazed windows of this type, both plain and decorative, are found in traditional buildings in Turkey and the Arab lands. They are usually set at a high level, over unglazed windows that are sometimes covered by shutters and screens.

This window consists of small pieces of glass of different colours arranged in patterns within a plaster framework. The inscription that forms the main element in the design is the shahadah, the Islamic declaration of faith. It reads, ‘There is no god but God. Muhammad is the messenger of God’.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Carved stucco and coloured glass
Brief Description
Plaster window with coloured glass in a pattern forming the shahadah (Islamic profession of faith), Egypt, before 1883.
Physical Description
This large rectangular Islamic stained glass window has a wooden frame. Perforations are carved into a slab of stucco and backed with coloured glass to create the pattern. This example has a large number of small circular perforations which form the background to the dominant orange inscription. The inscription is the shahada.
Dimensions
  • Height: 62cm
  • Width: 130.5cm
  • Depth: 3.5cm
Marks and Inscriptions
Gallery Label
Jameel Gallery Window with Shahadah Egypt Before 1883 The window was made by setting pieces of coloured glass in a plaster frame. The inscription that forms the main element in the design is the Shahadah, the Islamic declaration of faith. It reads, 'There is no god but God. Muhammad is the messenger of God'. Plaster and coloured glass Museum no. 1202-1883(2006)
Object history
Bought in Cairo for the South Kensington Museum (today the V&A), by Stanley Lane-Poole
Association
Summary
Glazed windows of this type, both plain and decorative, are found in traditional buildings in Turkey and the Arab lands. They are usually set at a high level, over unglazed windows that are sometimes covered by shutters and screens.



This window consists of small pieces of glass of different colours arranged in patterns within a plaster framework. The inscription that forms the main element in the design is the shahadah, the Islamic declaration of faith. It reads, ‘There is no god but God. Muhammad is the messenger of God’.
Collection
Accession Number
1202-1883

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record createdAugust 8, 2005
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