Tulip shaped with engraving and niello inlay around the candleholder.
Ottoman candlestick by Unknown Artist, 16th century
© Ashmolean Museum Oxford
- 53 x 26 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £5,000 ( Total: £35,000)
- Acquired in:
- Axia Fine Art
Size suggests it was used in a mihrab or mosque rather than domestic or even court setting. Stalactite work above the doorway of the 16th century mosque of Zal-Mahmud Pasha near Istanbul, contains finials of almost identical shape to the tulip candleholder of the candlestick. Possible that it was one of a pair for the building and part of the overall decorative scheme of the building.