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On display at V&A South Kensington
Glass, Room 131

Mosque Lamp

1347 - 1361 (made)
Place of origin

Mosque lamp, glass footed lamp with high flaring neck, covered with green enamel painted from the inside, and red enamel and gilding on the outside, decorated in horizontal friezes of foliate scrolls and inscriptions

Object details

Category
Object type
Materials and techniques
gilt and enamelled
Brief description
Mosque lamp, glass, green enamelled body with red and gilt inscriptions and foliate friezes, Mamluk Egypt, 1347-1361
Physical description
Mosque lamp, glass footed lamp with high flaring neck, covered with green enamel painted from the inside, and red enamel and gilding on the outside, decorated in horizontal friezes of foliate scrolls and inscriptions
Dimensions
  • Height: 28.3cm
  • Greatest width width: 18.4cm
Styles
Marks and inscriptions
The Arabic inscription refers to a Sultan al-Malik an-Nasir, probably Sultan Hasan (1347-61) or his father Sultan Malik Nasir Muhammad (1293-1341) (Decoration)
Gallery label
Probably made for a building of al-Nasir Hasan, Mamluk Sultan of Egypt who ruled 1341-51 and again in 1354-61. The interior is completely covered with a green enamel, which suggests that the lamp was decorative and not used as a source of light.
Production
date: 'probably'
Bibliographic reference
Schmoranz, pl.XXVII
Other number
8265 - Glass gallery number
Collection
Accession number
329-1900

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Record createdDecember 13, 1997
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