Rare Early Islamic Inscribed Terracotta Oil Lamp

GBP 300.00

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Object Description

A rare early Islamic terracotta oil lamp with a small chipped handle, featuring an oval body, pointed towards the nozzle, sitting on a raised ring foot. The shoulders have been inscribed in early Syriac, or early Arabic text, surrounding a large filling hole with a pronounced rim. An interesting aspect of this particular oil lamp, which distinguishes it from the others, is the inscription on the shoulders. This is relatively a rare feature, which is not commonly seen in similar early Islamic oil lamp examples.

Date: 7th – 9th century AD

Object History

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

Object Condition

Fine, chipped handle, black deposits on the nozzle where the wick was fired, light erosion of the terracotta due to ageing and some lime encrustations on the surface.

Object Details

  • material
  • dimensions
    H:9.5 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
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