Bronze Oil Lamp

SKU LO.1113
Circa

12th Century AD to 13th Century AD

Dimensions

33″ (83.8cm) high with stand

Medium

Bronze

Origin

Central Asia

Gallery Location

UK


 

Seljuks oil lamp of enlongated body resting on a trumpet foot; the long spout terminating in a large spade-shaped lip; the handle surmounted with a finely detailed bird. Nice green patina. In the 9th century, hordes of nomadic Turkic horseman living on the outskirts of the Muslim world began to migrate westward into the heart of Central Asia. By the 10 century, a branch known as the House of Seljuk had broken off from the Oghuz confederation of Turkomen tribesmen, arrived into mainland Persia, and settled in the province of Khurasan. Overtime, the Seljuks converted to Islam and began to adopt the Persian language and culture. In the 11th century, the Seljuks set up an independent state under their leader Tugrul Bey with its capital in Isfahan, initially under the auspices of the Abbasid Caliph in Baghdad. The arts thrived during the Seljuk period as the Turkic rulers patronized Persian culture, arts, and literature. Dimensions of lamp: Height 8.75″, width 8.25″, depth 4″

Dimensions of stand: Height 24.25″, width 8.27″. LO.1113. Lampstand with lamp, cast bronze with openwork and engraved decoration. The round and raised base has openwork decoration on top and rests on three paw-shaped feet which are flanked by a pair stylized bird heads. The shaft is made up of three different parts: the one below and on top are baluster-shaped,while the central tall one is hexagonal; all three are decorated withopenwork. The large and simple round tray on top has a slanting rim showing engraved decoration. Iran, Khorasan, 12th – 13th century. Prof. Geza Fehervari Prof. Geoffrey King

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