The concept of revivals
Mamluk revival
The art of the Mamluks inspired both Europe and the Middle East.
The Mamluks ruled Egypt and Syria for three centuries until the Ottoman conquest of 1517. It is considered a glorious period when sultans commissioned lavish architectural projects, encouraged the production of fine artworks, and turned Cairo into a prosperous cosmopolitan centre. From the middle of the 19th century, this past was central to the artistic inspiration known as the Mamluk revival. The rediscovery of an indigenous legacy was used to establish a nationalistic “Arab style”, where the Mamluk repertoire was perceived as the classical vocabulary. As original artefacts were collected, craftsmen used techniques such as inlaid metalwork or enamelled glass to make modern interpretations, which they applied to traditional or European-inspired prototypes such as furniture.
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The Moorish and Spanish Neo-Mudéjar styles
Mamluk revival
Neo-Mamluk, metal-inlaid copper alloy Table

Hegira late 13th – early 14th century / AD late 19th – early 20th century

Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation / Sharjah Museums Department, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (Sharjah)


Sheet copper alloy with metal inlay

This table or stand is an example of Mamluk revivalist work. It copies a famous Mamluk Qur’an stand at the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo, inscribed with the name of the Mamluk Sultan al-Nasir Hasan ibn al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qalawun (who reigned three times between 1294 and 1340), and made by Muhammad ibn Sunqur al-Baghdadi al-Sanqari.

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