Mosque Lamp - technique to produce
Syria; early 14th c.
This fine and excellently preserved lamp embodies the new decorative currents that were felt in the Fatimid period. From the 2nd half of the 12th c. until the end of the 14th c. Coloured enamel and gold were richly used in the decoration of many articles among which mosque lamps took a dominant position. The three important art centres were Raqqa (end 12th-mid-13th c.), Aleppo (13th c.) and Damascus (end 13th-14th c.).
This lamp was probably made in Damascus and is similar to lamps in the Louvre and the Victoria and Albert Museum.