Glass with enameled and gilded decoration
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1944.488
The bold inscription on the body of the bottle translates: “Glory to our lord, the sultan, the king, the victorious, the protector of the world and the religion, Muhammad.” The sultan referred to here is the Mamluk ruler Muhammad ibn Qala’un (1285–1341), who is also referenced on the nearby mosque lamp.
This bottle, as with the mosque lamp CMA 1981.10, is representative of reproductions of Mamluk glass that were prominent in the late 1800s in Europe during a period of resurgence of interest in Islamic art. At this time, collectors and artists revived the techniques of enameling and gilding that are hallmarks of Mamluk glass.
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