Name of Object:



Lisbon, Portugal

Holding Museum:

City Museum


Hegira 8th–9th centuries / AD 14th–15th centuries

Museum Inventory Number:

MC. ARQ.46

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Lias stone.


Total height 11.4 cm, diameter 22.3 cm




Font with eight lobes. The inside is hollowed out, with the rim moulded on the top and on the outside. It has a hole at the bottom. The base is truncated, with a base or foot missing. The exterior moulding has a decoration of small engraved geometric patterns (lozenges, squares and circles). The upper rim has an Arabic inscription in kufic script running all the way round, in which it is possible to read the expression ‘al-Mulk’, repeated in a chain.

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How date and origin were established:

External, historical dating. The mosque in the Moorish quarter, to which it is supposed to have belonged, was dismantled in the early 16th century, in the reign of Dom Manuel I of Portugal.

How Object was obtained:

Donated to the Museum.

How provenance was established:

Found during urban regeneration work, re-used in the masonry of one the walls of the building on no. 67 Rua João do Outeiro (Moorish quarter, Lisbon). The building probably dated originally from the 16th century.

Selected bibliography:

Lisboa Subterrânea, exhibition catalogue, Lisbon, 1994.

Citation of this web page:

Rodrigo Banha da Silva "Font" in Discover Islamic Art , Museum With No Frontiers, 2018.;ISL;pt;Mus01_C;45;en&id=religious_life

Prepared by: Rodrigo Banha da SilvaRodrigo Banha da Silva

Rodrigo Banha da Silva é arqueólogo e historiador. Estudou na Universidade Nova de Lisboa, tendo-se especializado em Arqueologia Urbana na Universidade do Minho, onde obteve o seu Mestrado. Arqueólogo do Serviço de Arqueologia do Museu da Cidade, tem-se dedicado sobretudo à arqueologia da cidade de Lisboa, dirigindo projectos de investigação neste domínio e tendo colaborado na concepção e montagem do Museu do Teatro Romano. É, no corrente, professor da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, onde lecciona Arqueologia e História Romana. É autor de diversas publicações de Arqueologia Moderna e Romana, de onde se destacam O Quotidiano de Lisboa na Época dos Descobrimentos – Roteiro Arqueológico e Documental dos Objectos e dos Espaços (Lisboa: Comissão do M.E. para a Comemoração dos Descobrimentos Portugueses, 1998 – em co-autoria com Paulo Guinote) e Olaria Tradicional Portuguesa – do Fazer ao Usar (Lisboa: Assírio e Alvim, 2004 – em co-autoria com Raquel Henriques da Silva e Isabel Maria Fernandes).

Translation by: Gilla Evans
Translation copyedited by: Monica Allen

MWNF Working Number: PT 62