V&A Style in Islamic Art Quiz

Bold inscriptions

Large, boldly written inscriptions in Arabic dominate the decoration of many luxury objects from the Mamluk period. Quotations from the Qur’an are often found on items made for religious settings, but other texts were used when an item was made for a palace rather than a mosque. The text on this candlestick records the name of the man for whom it was made. It is repeated once on the base and once on the socket.

Candlestick
Egypt or Syria
1280-1320
Museum No. M.716-1910
Bequest of George Salting