Early Islamic Terracotta Oil Lamp

GBP 175.00

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Object Description

An Early Islamic terracotta oil lamp featuring a pointed oval body and a prominent conical handle. To the top, the vessel displays a large filling-hole with a pronounced rim. This is surrounded by an additional ridge which extends onto the nozzle and around the wick-hole, forming a straight channel decorated with a x-shape in relief. The shoulders are richly decorated with symmetrical geometrical patterns in a ‘Horror vacui’ fashion typical of Early Islamic lamps. The reverse remains unadorned, with the exception of a circular base ring forming an eight-spoked wheel.

Date: 7th – 9th century AD

Object History

Ex major S.M., London, Collection 1970-2010.

Object Condition

Fine condition, with some signs of ageing to the surface.

Object Details

  • material
  • dimensions
    W:8.2 x centimeters
  • diameter
    7 centimeters

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By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James

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