Exquisite Mamluk Revival Enamelled and Gilded Mosque Lamp

Exquisite Mamluk Revival Enamelled and Gilded Mosque Lamp
Exquisite Mamluk Revival Enamelled and Gilded Mosque Lamp

This mosque lamp is in Gold color. Decorated in gold with four bright colors consisting of yellow, red, blue, and white enamels with gilt, There are six loop handles around the body. There appears to be Koran verses on the neck, and body.

Each of waisted globular form of amber tint with wide flared neck, the sides applied with six suspension loops, enamelled in opaque red, blue,and white with additional gilt, with thuluth inscriptions on the body and neck, blazons in roundels depicting a bands of scroll, floral rosettes and foliate decoration, the foot with a gilt band.

Measurements: 38cm inch height.

Condition:

In very good condition with no damage or chip evident in the glass.

Historical background:

Mosque lamps were commissioned by sultans and emirs for mosques and mausoleums, were particularly outstanding for their gilding and enameled decoration. This technique is considered to be one of Islamic art's main contributions to the art of glass.

In today's market all Mosque lamps are highly sought after with prices ranging from 40,000 sterling pounds with simpler designs to over 100,000 sterling pounds for extreme rarities with "One of a kind" variations on a design theme.

Similar Mosque lamps are in Metropolitan Museum of Art, Corning museum, Kuwait museum, etc.

References:

Corning Museum of Glass (Whitehouse and Carboni 2001,
Glass of the Sultans Page 229,230,232,235,236, 307).
Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris (Paris 1993, p.448, no.342).
http://www.metmuseum.org/Works_of_Art/viewOne.asp?dep=14&viewMode=0&item=17.190.985
The arts of Fire by Paul Getty Museum: Page 86
Glass and the Glassware, George Savage, 1973 page:94

In the Islamic religion, the donation of a lamp was considered an act of reverence towards God. This act is connected to a text in the Koran that says in verse 35 of the sura "The Light": "God is the light of the heavens and the earth! His light is like a niche in which one finds a lamp. The lamp is made of glass; the glass is like a brilliant star."

The analogy between the light and God inspired the donation of lamps such as this one as well as many others since figural representations of God are strictly forbidden by Islamic religion. The beginning of this verse was later reproduced by Mamluk glass lamps.


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