Islamic Oil Lamp

SKU FF.130
Circa

700 AD to 900 AD

Dimensions

4.40″ (11.2cm) high x 2.80″ (7.1cm) wide

Medium

Terracotta

Origin

Mediterranean

Gallery Location

UK


 

A metaphor for joy and prosperity, for hope, for life itself, lamps have illuminated the path of civilization for centuries. They have shed light on mundane and extraordinary events alike, guiding great thoughts through the night, and standing vigil with lonely passions. In the presence of this simple object, we are in touch directly with a vanished world, with the rooms and shrines once warmed by its glow, with the people who drew comfort from its light. Today it remains as an enduring symbol of man’s desire to conquer the darkness. Islamic oil lamps often feature prominently a large knob handle and an emphasized channel above the nozzle. The handle is tongue-shaped. Decoration is rich and elegant. The lower parts are extremely broad and the nozzles are pointed. – (FF.130)

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