© The David Collection

Name of Object:



Copenhagen, Denmark

Holding Museum:

The David Collection


Hegira 4th century / AD 10th century

Type of object:

Lamp, metalwork

Museum Inventory Number:

Inv.no. 17/1970

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Openwork sheet brass

Period / Dynasty:



Iraq or Iran


This mosque lamp is one of the oldest extant metal lamps in the Islamic world. Older lamps of silver and gold existed, but they were melted down long ago. A glass bowl held the wick and oil.

The lamp’s decoration consists of an openwork, scale-like pattern surrounding a text from the Koran written in monumental Kufi calligraphy decorated with foliage.

Citation of this web page:

 "Lamp" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;dn;Mus21;3;en&id=religious_life

MWNF Working Number: DN 03

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