Glass with enameled and gilded decoration
Overall: 39.5 cm (15 9/16 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1981.10
The inscription on the neck of this lamp reproduces the celebrated Verse of Light from the Koran (24:35), which likens divine light to a shining glass lamp. The inscription on the body of this lamp records that it was produced for a theological school founded about 1315, and gives the titles of the sultan Muhammad ibn Qala'un, who ruled the Mamluk kingdom on three occasions between 1293 and 1340.
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