Antique 17th - 19th Century Islamic Enameled Glass Mosque Lamp
Antique 17th - 19th century Islamic enameled and gilt glass small mosque lamp of traditional form.
Hand-blown from transparent white glass. Sloping rounded body and flared neck with three light blue glass hanging loops applied to the sides. The body is heavily decorated with multicolored enamel and gilding with three perched birds amongst bands of scrolling vines and floral spray.
The flared neck is decorated with six radial panels bordered by green and white enamel swirl patterns. Three panels are decorated with fish painted in gold, blue and pink enamel.
Almost identical fish and perching bird motifs appear on Medieval Central Asian, Transoxiana ceramic bowls.
Please see: "Terres d’Islam; les collections de céramique moyen-orientale du musée Ariana à Genève" by Anne-Claire Schumacher. Page: 49 & 50.
The lamp was made of hand-blown white clear glass, but now the lamp appears to be a honey color. This is due to the fact that the inside of the lamp has very dry and stone-hard stains from old oil deposits.
This process has developed over a long period of use of the lamp, which is irrefutable proof of its age.
Since the lamp is smaller than the other of these types of mosque lamps, it may have been made for a small mosque or mausoleum.
CONDITION: Age and usage are showing. Some wear to the enamel and gold paint. No cracks, chips, repairs, or restorations whatsoever.
Height: 13 cm (5.12 inches).
Width: (loop to loop): 9 cm (3.54 inches).