The chamber of the Prophet as an inspiration for art and architecture during the Mamluk period (York Islamic Art Circle)

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"The chamber of the Prophet as an inspiration for art and architecture during the Mamluk period"
with Dr Sami de Giosa (SOAS)
on Tuesday 15th October 2019
from 6:30pm – 8pm
at The Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building,University of York, YO10 5DD. 
Abstract: Of a number of metal furnishings crafted during the reign of Sultan Qaytbay (1468-96), three candlesticks made for the Prophet’s shrine in Medina have survived. Together with a handful of metal lamps in the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo, a basin at the Metropolitan Museum in New York and few other non-extant objects known through literary sources, they are made distinctive by their Royal associations and a unique type of pincer-thuluth inscriptions, different from previous productions.
In this talk, Sami will attempt to prove that all the metalwork with this type of Royal pincer-thuluth inscriptions had been produced under the auspices of Sultan Qaytbay for the chamber of the Prophet in Medina.
The Sultan’s particular devotion to Medina and his works there will be analysed to show that he and his cadre made a concerted effort to establish a specific building programme for legacy purposes. Some of the long-lasting renovations at the Masjid al-Nawabi from the reign of Qaytbay are still visible today, the famed Mamluk minaret, or Qaytbay’s mihrab are some examples, and are mentioned on a commemorative inscription plaque within the complex. In addition, a previous incarnation of pincer-thuluth found in Mamluk metalwork production going back to the late fourteenth century will be analysed and compared to the pieces produced during the reign of Sultan Qaytbay.