• Mosque Lamp

    Mosque Lamp

    MOSQUE
    LAMP

Mosque Lamp

Egypt or Syria, 1294-1340

Lamps such as this, decorated with gilding and richly coloured enamels, are strongly associated with the Mamluks of Egypt and Syria, who ruled between 1250 and 1517.

Such pieces would have lit the great buildings – mosques, madrasas and mausoleums – which were associated with these rulers, who began a massive building programme in the late 13th century. The interior of one of these buildings, when fully lit with a large number of lamps, would have been spectacular.

Around the body of the lamp is an inscription giving the titles of the greatest of all Mamluk rulers, al-Nasir Muhammad, whose forty-year reign witnessed a peace treaty with the Mongols, the growth of Cairo into one of the greatest cities on earth, and the production of luxury goods in metal, wood and glass.

Mosque Lamp