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’.