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Los Angeles, United States of America
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Hegira mid-8th century / AD mid-14th century
Glass, free-blown and tooled, applied handles, enamelled and gilded
Height 37.5 cm, diameter 29.2 cm
Egypt or Syria
The Mamluks were prodigious patrons of the arts who took a special interest in building religious foundations, which they supplied with all manner of beautiful furnishings, including lamps such as this. According to the inscriptions on the lower part of the lamp, it was commissioned "By order of the most noble authority, the Exalted, the Lordly, the Masterful, holder of the sword, Shaykhu al-Nasiri", a former mamluk of the Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad. On the upper and lower sections of the lamp is Shaykhu’s heraldic device or blazon in the form of a circular medallion bearing a red cup set between a red and a black bar. He is known to have built a mosque and a khanqa in Cairo in the mid-fourteenth century, and this lamp was most likely made for one of these structures.
"Lamp" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;us;Mus21;11;en
MWNF Working Number: US1 11