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Mosque Lamp of Amir Qawsun
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 454
This lamp’s inscriptions reveal that it was ordered for Aidakin’s mausoleum (turba), a building still standing in Cairo. Mamluk amirs adopted emblems, often connected with their ceremonial roles at court, which decorated the objects and buildings they commissioned. Here, the motif of two gold crossbows against a red shield illustrates the office of bunduqdar (bow‑keeper).
Emile Gaillard, Paris (until d. 1904; sale, Hôtel Gaillard,Paris, June 7–16, 1904, lot 579, to Morgan); J. Pierpont Morgan, New York (1904–d. 1913; his estate 1913–17)
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