A Fine Pair of Mamluk silver and gold Inlaid Candlesticks, 15th Century, Egypt or Syria.
A very interesting pair of Mamluk candlesticks inlaid in silver and gold. Each consists of a characteristic flaring base inlaid with trees, flora and fauna. The top candle holder consists of a cylinder with varying cross sections resting on a protruding inlaid flat disc to hold the melted wax. The inlay of this disc is of a hexagonal foliate design bearing trefoils. The hexagon appears often in Islamic art as it symbolizes the Seal of Solomon While the trefoil motifs commonly appear in crenellation Islamic designs.