Mosque Lamp

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Mosque Lamp

Unknown Artist / Maker

Information about Mosque Lamp

  • Year created: c. 1350 - 1357
  • Creator: Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Country of Origin: Egypt
  • Dimensions: Height: 39.4 cm; Diameter: 27.8 cm
  • Gallery: Oriental Armoury

Hanging from the ceiling of a religious building, this glass mosque lamp, made in Mamluk Cairo around 1350–57, symbolized God’s presence. Its inscription, from the Qur’an, sura 24, the Sūrat al-Nūr (Verse of Light), means, ‘God I the Light of the heavens and the earth; the likeness of His light is as a niche, wherein is a lamp’.

Glass lamp with blue and gold illustrations of fish and flowers
C512, Mosque Lamp