- Museum number
Mosque-lamp, made of stonepaste painted in blue, green and black under a transparent glaze; the lamp has a pyriform body with three applied ear-shaped handles and a moulding at the juncture with the trumpet neck, on a spreading profiled foot; it is painted in tones of cobalt blue and grey-green outlined in black with chinoiserie cloud bands alternating with small arabesque knots between pointed green-ground half-cartouches filled with black scrollwork; a similar design is repeated on the neck; inscription bands of differing width feature on the upper and lower body and below the rim: the thuluth script is reserved on a brushed ground of vivid cobalt blue with grey-green infills and tiny scattered rosettes; a Naskh inscription with the date AH 956 appears in a series of cusped oblong cartouches around the foot; a narrow band of small tulip buds in reserve panels on the moulding at the neck; the one extant handle with green scales between scrolled blue strokes. The lamp has an open base.
- Production date
- 1549 (AH 956)
Diameter: 15 centimetres (foot)
Diameter: 22.80 centimetres
Height: 38 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Made for the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Inscribed with a Hadith (saying) of the Prophet Muhammad comparing the believer in the mosque to a fish in water and a non-believer in the mosque to a bird in a cage. It is dated on the foot ring 956 AH (AD 1549) and signed by the potter Musli and dedicated to the saint associated with Iznik, Eşrefzade Rumi (d. 1469).
Inscription: ..let that ocean [of esoteric knowledge] who is Eşrefzade in Iznik enjoy [any spiritual benefit]. In the year 956, in the month of Jumada al-Ula. The painter [responsible is] the poor and humbel Musli] (Carswell 1998: 66-7)
Atasoy, N and J. Raby. Iznik: The Pottery of Ottoman Turkey (1989) fig.239, 355; Carswell, J. Iznik Pottery 1998 figs 39-40.
Published as OA18 in a British Museum slide set entitled 'The Turkish Pottery of Iznik' and with a commentary by R. H. Pinder-Wilson (London 1975).
- On display (G42/dc18)
- Exhibition history
2000 12 Jun-17 Sept, St Petersburg, The Hermitage 'In the name of the beneficent and merciful'
1999-2000 15 Dec-24 Apr, Amsterdam, De Nieuwe Kerk Museum, 'In the name of the beneficent and merciful'
- Two handles and sections of rim and foot made up; neck repaired from pieces; handle stuck back; glaze chip and crack to lower body; minor glaze chips to the rim.
- Acquisition date
- Middle East
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: C.317.EF (Fortnum mark)
Miscellaneous number: OA18 (BM slide set number)