Arts of the Islamic World
On View: Arts of the Islamic World, 2nd floor
Enameled glass lamps like this hung from a mosque ceiling on chains. The illuminated glow of the lamp symbolized divine light and, by extension, the presence of God. The Mamluk period in Egypt and Syria produced some of the finest examples of such lamps, which were commissioned to illuminate the interiors of Mamluk mosques and charitable foundations. This is the most characteristic type, with a flared neck, a rounded body with six handles, and a wide foot. It is one of the few Mamluk mosque lamps, however, with its wick still intact.
Colorless glass; blue, green, red, yellow, and white enamels; and gold; free blown, applied, enameled, and gilded; tooled on the pontil
- Possible place made: Syria
- Possible place made: Egypt
includes base, now detached: 12 x 8 in. (30.5 x 20.3 cm)
without base, now detached: 9 1/2 x 8 in. (24.1 x 20.3 cm)
base (now detached): 2 1/2 x 4 in. (6.4 x 10.2 cm)
mount: 9 1/2 × 8 × 8 in. (24.1 × 20.3 × 20.3 cm) (show scale)
In Arabic in thuluth script, "العالم / "al-`aalim" / "the wise," repeated around body three times.
Bequest of William H. Herriman
Prior to 1918, provenance not yet documented; by 1918, acquired by William H. Herriman of Rome, Italy; 1921, bequest of William H. Herriman to the Brooklyn Museum.
Mosque Lamp, 13th-14th century. Colorless glass; blue, green, red, yellow, and white enamels; and gold; free blown, applied, enameled, and gilded; tooled on the pontil, includes base, now detached: 12 x 8 in. (30.5 x 20.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of William H. Herriman, 21.484. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 21.484_PS11.jpg)
overall, 21.484_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2022
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license
. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply.
Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.