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Name of Object:

Lamp

Location:

Copenhagen, Denmark

Holding Museum:

The David Collection

Date:

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:

Abbasid

Provenance:

Iraq or Iran

Description:

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, 2017. 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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