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

Date Added

10/07/2019

Content Type

Art And Craft

Category

Furniture

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Subject Area

Interior Design


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).

It was made shortly after 1285.

It is on view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454.



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Type of Work: Lamp

Artist: Mamluki period craftsman

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