Mosque lamp with blazon
Date ca. 1285
Medium Enameled, stained, and gilded glass
Dimensions 10.33 x 8.25″
Provenance Cairo, Egypt
Housed at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Mamluks carried on the tradition of making beautiful glass vessels, started by the Ayyubids before them. These became famous around the world, and especially in Islamic realms, where they were placed in tombs or, like the one here, mosques, and were often gilded to display the patron’s blazons.