Lamp globe

about 1340

Object Place: Syria


Overall: 17.8 x 17.8 cm (7 x 7 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glass with gold and enamel decoration

Not On View



Sphere of smokey glass with bubbles. Outside decorated with an inscription in gold letters outlined in red, broken by four circular medallions with a blazon (square reserve with traces of blue, on a red bar) representing the rank of jamdar or Master of the Robes. Openings at top and bottom to let chains pass through.


“among the things made for the noble excellency the high the masterful Al-Sayfi Arghun Al-'Ala’i may God grant him glorious victory”

Al-Sayfi Arghun Al-'Ala’i served at the court of al-Nasir Muhammad and died in 1347/8.


1902, Henry G. Marquand (b. 1819 - d. 1902), New York; 1903, sold by the estate of Henry G. Marquand. 1912, gift of the Western Art Visiting Committee to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 1, 1912).

Credit Line

Gift of the Western Art Visiting Committee