Turquoise Splash-Glazed Oil Lamp - LO.696, Origin: Central Asia, Circa: 1000 AD to 1200 AD, Dimensions: 6.5" (16.5cm) wide, Collection: Islamic Art, Style: Seljuk, Medium: Glazed Earthenware. Monochrome glazed lamp covered with a dome- shaped top and a long spout rectangular in section. This is a fairly rare type. The body is almost completely covered by a dome-shaped lid attached to the lower half of the body. The only opening on it is the small filling hole. The spout is unproportionally long and deep and is always rectangular in section. The only visible decoration stands on the dome with a row of applique' bosses under the glaze. This type of glazed lamp was popular only between the 13th century and drew inspiration from earlier bronze prototypes, datable to the 9th and 10th centuries. For a comparable example see the one in the Tarek Rajab Collection in G. Fehervari, Ceramics of The Islamic World, 2000: pl. 172, p. 140.
Ancient Near East