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Glazed Oil Lamp - LK.019
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 1000 AD to 1300 AD
Dimensions: 5.5" (14.0cm) high x 6.8" (17.3cm) wide
Collection: Islamic Art
Medium: Glazed Earthenware


Additional Information: AS

Location: Great Britain
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Description
Early Islamic oil lamps were a continuation of Byzantine period lamps. Initially they were decorated with stylised bird, animal or foliate motifs but over time geometric and linear designs took the precedence and were favoured instead. Buff earthenware oil-lamp, coated by a turquoise-green lead glaze. Globular body with three pierced openings on either side, resting on three short conical feet and caped by small knob. Short loop handle in the rear , decorated by a leaf-shaped thumbpiece, rather long pinched spout. The lower part of the body is finely carved by vertical lines. The Quran states that: "God is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The parable of His light is, as it were, that of a niche containing a lamp; the lamp is [enclosed] in glass, the glass [shining] like a radiant star: [a lamp] lit from a blessed tree - an olive-tree that is neither of the east nor of the west the oil whereof [is so bright that it] would well-nigh give light [of itself] even though fire had not touched it: light upon light! God guides unto His light him that wills [to be guided]; and [to this end] God propounds parables unto men, since God [alone] has full knowledge of all things". 24:35 - (LK.019) - (LK.019)

 

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