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zoom Neck of the candlestick islamic of Sultan al-Nasir ibn Qalawun, inlaid silver
Neck of the candlestick islamic of Sultan al-Nasir ibn Qalawun, inlaid silver Neck of the candlestick islamic of Sultan al-Nasir ibn Qalawun, inlaid silver Neck of the candlestick islamic of Sultan al-Nasir ibn Qalawun, inlaid silver Neck of the candlestick islamic of Sultan al-Nasir ibn Qalawun, inlaid silver Neck of the candlestick islamic of Sultan al-Nasir ibn Qalawun, inlaid silver Neck of the candlestick islamic of Sultan al-Nasir ibn Qalawun, inlaid silver

Neck of the candlestick islamic of Sultan al-Nasir ibn Qalawun, inlaid silver

This lot is the neck of a candlestick that belonged to Zain al-Din Katbugha, the deputy of Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qalawun. 

On the candlestick are bands of inscription in silver, next to geometrical decorations of different shapes. The text written on the crater is in Thuluth script, which reads: “What was done by the order of the high headquarters of Mawlawi al-Zayni. Zain Al-Din Katbugha Al-Mansouri Al-Ashrafi". The second text on the lower part reads: “And for the dear prince and the one who triumphs over the enemies.”  

It is most likely that the candlestick was manufactured by order or on behalf of Zain al-Din Katbugha.

The style of writing is living organisms, in the form of human images, and the rest of the letters are in the form of the heads of birds, animals or humans. The base for the candlestick is preserved in one of the museums.

The candlestick is from the late 19th to early 20th century, the length is 14 cm, and it is in very good condition. 

Product Code: 15397

#Auction November 2022






A piece of history

Candlestick is a compound Persian word meaning “candle bowl.” It entered the Islamic era to denote the lantern made of metal or the base on which candles were placed for lighting in the palaces of the Caliphs. The candlestick spread in the Ayyubid and Mamluk periods, and with it came a title or rank for who was charged with supervising the lamp for lighting the Sultan’s palace.

King Nasir al-Din Abu al-Ma’ali Muhammad ibn Qalawun or al-Nasir Muhammad for short, (born in Cairo in 684 AH / 1285 - died in Cairo in 741 AH / 1341).  The ninth sultan of the Mamluk Bahri state. He was nicknamed Abu al-Maali and Abu al-Fath.  He lived during the reign of the Abbasid caliphs, Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah the First, Caliph Suleiman Al-Mustaqfi Billah and Caliph Ibrahim Al-Wathiq Billah. He ruled on the throne of the Mamluk Sultanate three times in the periods from 693 AH / 1293 to 694 AH / 1294, and from 698 AH / 1299 to 708 AH / 1309 AD. From 709 AH / 1309 AD until his death in 741 AH / 1341 AD. He was one of the most prominent sultans of the Qalawun dynasty and the Mamluk state. He fought wars against the Crusaders and Mongols, and reformist wars at home against corruption.  During his third reign, Egypt witnessed a civilized and urban renaissance that it did not witness during the reign of any other sultans of the Mamluk state.


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