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Title: Mosque Lamp with Suspension-ball
Location: Austria or Bohemia
Materials: clear glass with a grey tinge, mould-blown; with enamelled and gilt decoration; applied handles; metal suspension rings attached to silk cord
Dimensions: 32.3 x 22cm (lamp); 70.5cm (overall height, with ball and cord)
Accession Number: GLS 266
The lamp has six handles and enamelled decoration in red, blue and white. The decorative repertoire includes an inscription interrupted by three medallions, each containing either a phoenix or an inscription, and rosettes, ﬂeurs-de-lis and other floral designs and epigraphic blazons. The suspension-ball is also enamelled, with two epigraphic blazons alternating with two medallions containing ﬂeurs-de-lis. A Mamluk lamp with a similar decorative scheme was transferred in the late 19th century from the mosque of Sultan Hasan in Cairo to the Museum of Arab Art, where it may have served as a model for this European copy. The Mamluk lamp had by that time lost nearly all traces of the gilding that once adorned it.
S. Vernoit, Occidentalism. Islamic Art in the 19th Century, The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, volume XXIII, London 1997, cat.180, p.233.