Qur'an (Koran) Table
Wood; Mother-of-pearl Inlay
Hundreds of small squares of mother-of-pearl cover this wooden mosque bench. Each is hammered through the centre with a nail. The table was part of the collection of John and Katharine Maltwood.
Brass; Glass; Gold
Morroco, 19th century
This hanging mosque lamp is suspended by a decorative brass chain. The brass shade has a domed form, the base of which is pierced to hold nine glass oil vials. The glass tubes have gold (?) Arabic inscriptions, now quite faded. The main brass portion is pierced to form vine and split-leaf patterns. Similar to late 19th-early 20th century "Mamluk" hanging lamps fro Egypt and Syria, it was purchased by the Maltwoods on June 29, 1925, in Paris (E.J. Boccara, Rue Jean Goujon).
Bibliography: 1982 Sotheby Sale Catalogue (Copy of similar lamp in Document File)
Wool (?), dye
Iran, Mid 20th century
A small prayer mat with a beige ground has central motifs which include flowers in a vase and an abstract suspended mosque lamp. Additional floral motifs fill the ground on either side of the main design. The wide border with red ground has abstracted leaves and flowers in blue, green, brown, pink, orange, and white. Two narrow borders of blue flank the main border.
Bibliography: Fokker, Persian and other oriental carpets for today; Weir, The Bedouin; Oriental Rugs in Colour.