Glass with enameled and gilded decoration
Overall: 39.5 cm (15 9/16 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1981.10
This specially commissioned colorful lamp was suspended from its six handles along with dozens of similar lamps, which created a dazzling effect. When lowered to refill with oil, it stood securely on its splayed foot.
The inscription on the neck of this lamp reproduces the celebrated Verse of Light from the Qur'an (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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