Attributed to Egypt or Syria / Mosque Lamp / late 13th century (before 1285)Attributed to Egypt or Syria
Mosque Lamp
late 13th century (before 1285)

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Creator Qualifier: Attributed to
Creator Nationality: Asian; Middle Eastern; Syrian
Creator Dates/Places: Egypt or Syria
Creator Name-CRT: Attributed to Egypt or Syria
Title: Mosque Lamp
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1266
Creation End Date: 1285
Creation Date: late 13th century (before 1285)
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Glass
Materials and Techniques: Free blown, tooled, enameled, and gilded glass
Dimensions: H. 16 15/16 in. (43 cm), W. 29 15/16 in. (76 cm), L. 32 5/16 in. (82 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 17.190.985
Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

The two gold crossbows addorsed against a red shield indicate that the patron of this lamp held the office of 'bunduqdar' (Keeper of the Bow). The inscription states that the lamp was ordered for the mausoleum of 'his excellency the bowkeeper of `Ala al-Din,' thus identifying him with Aydakin ibn `Abd-Allah, who died in Cairo in 1285. Aydakin, who held various offices under the Mamluks (after 1250), maintained the emblem and 'nisba' (form to express relationship with one's master) of his first appointment under the Ayyubid emir `Ala al-Din Aqsunqur until the end of his life.

AMICA ID: MMA_.17.190.985
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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