Object Name: Mosque lamp
Geography: Made in Turkey, Iznik
Medium: Stonepaste; painted in blue under transparent glaze
Dimensions: H. 6 11/16 in. (17 cm)
Max. diam. 5 13/16 in. (14.8 cm)
Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1959
Accession Number: 59.69.3
With its delicate spiraling stem design, this small vessel belongs to a group of ceramics formerly referred to as "Golden Horn" wares. Current scholarship, however, prefers the term tughrakes-, or "tughra‑illuminator" style for such decoration, comparing its design to the fine swirling vines adorning tughra calligraphies. During this period, pottery shapes often imitated metalwork forms. This piece, however, emulates glass mosque lamps, which often displayed Arabic inscriptions.