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Mosque lamps of Sultan Hasan Hassum.
14th c Egyptian Mamluk Applied Arts

MAMLUK Anonymous (1250 - 1517) Primary
1361
14th c
Mamluk
Cairo. Egypt.
Cairo. Museum of Islamic Art,
Islam06.Isl01039
Here are two examples of the types of lamps that hung in Mecca and the other great mosques (the name for Islamic religious buildings). They are made of glass painted with enamels. The light is created by a wick placed in an oil repository at the base of the lamp. The beautiful patterns painted on the lamps are emphasized by the soft glow of the light inside. Since most early mosques were relatively dark, these lamps played an important practical role, as well as contributing to the religious atmosphere of the mosque.

Caption: MAMLUK | Mosque lamps of Sultan Hasan Hassum. | 1361 | Islamic | Mamluk

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