Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Burrell Collection, Glasgow Museums
Hegira, late 7th–early 8th century / AD late 13th–early 14th century
Sheet copper, beaten and inlaid with gold and silver.
Height 10.1 cm, diameter (of base) 19.6 cm
The base of a Mamluk candlestick made of beaten sheet copper that has been gilded with brass and inlaid with silver and gold. The drip-tray that would have sat on the top rim of the base is missing. The body is decorated with a wide band of naskhi script divided into two sections by two roundels. The main decorative fields are embellished with fine floral scrolls inlaid with silver. The inscription, which is inlayed with silver, describes the attributes of the patron who commissioned the candlestick but does not mention his name! Many such candlesticks would have been presented for use in mosques, shrines, and religious schools in Egypt. The Mamluk rulers of Egypt and Syria became great patrons of art and architecture. Cairo was their capital, which they ruled from AH 647 / AD 1250 to AH 922 / AD 1517.View Short Description
Many metal candlesticks like this one were commissioned during the Mamluk period to be presented for use in mosques, shrines and religious schools. The Arabic calligraphic script describes the titles and allegiances of the Mamluk patron who commissioned the candlestick.
Stylistic analysis: the titles written on the base are typical Mamluk titles of the late 7th to early 8th / late 13th century to early 14th centuries.
Part of the collection given to the City of Glasgow by Sir William and Lady Burrell in 1944.
The titles written on the base are typical Mamluk titles of the late 7th–early 8th / late 13th–early 14th centuries.
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Noorah Al-Gailani "Candlestick base" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;ISL;uk;Mus04;17;en
Prepared by: Noorah Al-GailaniNoorah Al-Gailani
Noorah Al-Gailani is Curator for Islamic Civilisations at Glasgow Museums, Scotland. With a BA in Interior Design from the College of Fine Arts, Baghdad University and three years' experience in design and folk art preservation, she moved to the UK in 1992. On completing her MA in Museum Studies at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London in 1994, she worked as Project Officer at the Grange Museum of Community History documenting the presence of Muslim communities in the London Borough of Brent. In 1995 she was Assistant Curator, Ancient Monuments Laboratory, English Heritage, and in 1996 became Curator for John Wesley's House and the Museum of Methodism in London. She co-authored The Islamic Year: Surahs, Stories and Celebrations (Stroud: Hawthorn Press, 2002) for non-Muslim children. Since 2003 she has been based at The Burrell Collection in Glasgow, working across the city's museums to interpret Islamic art and culture, ancient and modern, through research, exhibitions and educational activities.
Copyedited by: Mandi Gomez
MWNF Working Number: UK4 23
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