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Art from Home: Stories of Cultural Connections

Louvre Abu Dhabi brings the museum to you by telling stories about the art works on loans from our partners and from our collection through video, audio and activities that can be downloaded for children.

Mosque lamp inscribed with the name of Emir Tankizbugha

Mamluk empire
Egypt or Syria
Blown, gilded and enamelled glass
Musée du Louvre
OA7352|H 26.5 cm; Diam. 18.5 cm

Since Antiquity, light has been perceived as a visible manifestation of invisible powers. This metaphysical connection with the divine has inspired works of art with a variety of meanings in the major world religions. In Islam, mosque lamps symbolise light as circular and enveloping. In the Christian world, light is vertical and comes down from heaven to illuminate mankind through the art of stained glass. Finally, in Buddhism, gold is used to illustrate this relationship between the divine and light: the inner light of Buddha who found illumination.

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Mosque Lamp Colouring Page
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