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  • 5 Qirsh 2004, KM# 674, Egypt
  • 5 Qirsh 2004, KM# 674, Egypt

Depicts Mosque lamp.

Mosque lamps of enamelled glass, often with gilding, survive in considerable numbers from the Islamic art of the Middle Ages, especially the 13th and 14th centuries, with Cairo in Egypt and Aleppo and Damascus in Syria the most important centres of production. They are oil lamps, usually with a large round bulbous body rising to a narrower waist, above which the top section is flared. There is usually a foot so they can be placed on a surface, but they were normally used suspended by chains that went through a number of loops on the outside of the body. They were used to light mosques and other buildings in mosque complexes, in large spaces in groups hanging from a circular metal frame. The circular frames continue to be used in many mosques today, but with plain or frosted glass lamps for electric lighting.


Stylized state name (Arab Republic of Egypt), denomination, year of issue in Gregorian and Hijri calendar years (all in Arabic).

الجمهورية مصر العربية
٥ قروش
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5 Qirsh (Piastres)

KM# 941 KM# 674
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Material Brass
Weight 1.95 g
Diameter 18 mm
Thickness 1.39 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Cairo Mint

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