Mosque Lamp for the Mausoleum of Amir Aydakin al-'Ala'i al-Bunduqdar

Object Name: Mosque lamp

Date: shortly after 1285

Geography: Made in Egypt, probably Cairo

Culture: Islamic

Medium: Glass, brownish; blown, folded foot, applied handles; enameled and gilded

Dimensions: H. 10 3/8 in. (26.4 cm)
Diam. of rim 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)

Classification: Glass

Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

Accession Number: 17.190.985

Description

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).

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