V&A Style in Islamic Art Quiz

Badges of office

Badges of office were used by high-ranking officers in the Mamluk army, who were proud to have had held posts in the sultan’s household. The enamelled decoration of these two glass mosque lamps includes such emblems. One shows a sword and belonged to the sultan’s sword-bearer. The other shows a napkin and belonged to the master of the sultan’s wardrobe.

Glass lamp
Egypt or Syria
1321-31
Museum No. 580-1875