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Terracotta Oil Lamp - LO.929
Origin: Eastern Mediterranean
Circa: 700 AD to 900 AD
Dimensions: 4" (10.2cm) wide
Collection: Islamic Art
Medium: Earthenware

Location: Great Britain
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Elongated terracotta lamp with a short twisted handle, the nozzle lacking a channel, which is instead marked by longitudinal lines. The shoulders are wide and the filling hole is relatively small. Decoration on the shoulder includes floral motifs and grape vines. The handle is short and twisted above the lamp, without touching it.

These lamps dating back to the Islamic period, were mainly found around Jerusalem, but also in other parts of Israel, such as Beit Shean, Atlit and Ashdod, all datable between the 12th and the 13th century AD.

For a comparable oil lamp cf: Noam Adler, Oil Lamps of the Holy Land, 2004: pl.1007-8, p. 164. - (LO.929)


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