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Fez Ornate Hand-Cut Lightshade
This large hand-cut light will look stunning in any room.
Ideally suited to any interior decor, casts stunning patterns onto the floor, walls & ceiling.
Dimensions (H) 85cm and (W) 85cm
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Handcrafted by skilled artisans of Marrakesh using a process
of silver oxidizing to create a truly unique one of a kind pendant light.
Another name for these lights is ‘Fanous’
The word “Fanous” (Fanos, Phanous and Fanoos in Egyptian dialects)
is a term of Greek origin transliterated to “candle”.
It means ‘light’ or ‘lantern’.
It was historically used in its meaning of “the light of the world,”
and is a symbol of hope, as in “light in the darkness”.
Widely associated with Fanous Ramadan or Fanoos Ramdan.
The traditional use of fanous as decorations associated with Ramadan
is believed to have originated during the Fatimid Caliphate,
primarily centered in Egypt, where tradition holds that the Caliph Al-Muizz Lideenillah
was greeted by the Egyptian people holding lanterns to celebrate his arrival
at Cairo during the holy month of Ramadan.
Its use has now spread to almost all Muslim countries.
In Ancient times it was similar to a lamp, and would have incorporated either candles or oil.
The fanous originally developed from the torches used in the
Pharaonic festivals celebrating the rising of the star Sirius.
For five days, the Ancient Egyptians celebrated the birthdays of Osiris,
Horus, Isis, Seth and Nephtys—one on each day—by lighting the streets with the fanous (torches).
Torches or candles were also used in early Christianity.
This is recorded by Egyptian historian Al-Maqrizi (1364 – 1442), who noted in his book,
“Al Mawaiz wa al-‘i’tibar bi dhikr al-khitat wa al-‘athar”,
that these torches or candles were used at Christmastime for celebration.
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