Candlestick base of engraved brass with traces of former silver
inlay; later cover to base
Mamluk (Egypt), 14th Centur)
Metalworked brass and silver inlay
Height: 17.5 cm; Diameter: 33.5 cm;
Inlaid, around side of base, in translation, 'Glory be to our lord the Sultan al-malik al-nasir Ahmad bin
Sultan al-malik al-nasir Muhammad bin Sultan Qalawun'
Gambier-Parry, Mark; bequest; 1966
About this work
The bold Arabic inscription, originally inlaid with silver, is in praise of the Mamluk Sultan Ahmad who reigned only one year in 1342. Mamluk candlesticks required large candles and were often cut down and adapted in Europe: this one was given a brass cover and probably turned upside down for use as a basin. The bold inscription, originally inlaid with silver, would have been just as decorative the wrong way up to someone who could not read Arabic.
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