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Glazed Oil Lamp - AMD.138
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 1000 AD to 1300 AD
Dimensions: 4.3" (10.9cm) high x 7" (17.8cm) wide
Collection: Islamic Art
Medium: Glazed Earthenware

Additional Information: AS

Location: UAE
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Early Islamic lamps were a continuation of Byzantine lamps. Initially they were decorated with stylised bird, animal or foliate motifs but over time geometric and linear designs were favoured.

This is an outstanding example of its type. The body is cylindrical and terminates in a pierced cone-shaped finial. The glaze is a vibrant turquoise/green. It has a single long spout which has been pinched. The whole lamp is supported by a small round base. A large leaf shaped thumb-piece is attached to the handle.

Regarding oil lamps, 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 - (AMD.138)


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