Mosque lamp with blazon

Mosque lamp with blazon

Date ca. 1285

Movement Islamic

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.