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Name of Object:

Candlestick

Location:

Athens, Greece

Holding Museum:

Benaki Museum

About Benaki Museum, Athens

Date of Object:

Hegira 886 / AD 1482

Museum Inventory Number:

13040

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Brass inlaid with black organic material

Dimensions:

Height 46 cm

Period / Dynasty:

Mamluk

Provenance:

Egypt

Description:

The candlestick was dedicated by the Mamluk sultan Qaytbay to the shrine at Medina in 1482. Monumental inscriptions whose letter-ends curve to form tongs enclosing small palmettes, occupy almost the entire height of the base. The sultan Qaytbay had the mosque of the Prophet restored in 1480 and offered to it at least five candlesticks, of which another two have survived and are now in Cairo.

Citation of this web page:

 "Candlestick" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2022. https://islamicart.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;gr;Mus21;18;en

MWNF Working Number: GR 18

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Mamluks


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