Seljuk Bronze Double-Wicked Oil Lamp - LO.890, Origin: Central Asia, Circa: 11 th Century AD to 12 th Century AD, Dimensions: 6.25" (15.9cm) high x 6.75" (17.1cm) wide, Collection: Islamic Art, Style: Seljuk, Medium: Bronze, Cast and engraved copper alloy oil lamp with a closed body, inspired by Byzantine prototypes, two long covered wicks with spade-shaped mouth, a small thumb-piece, a large ring- handle projecting straight up with a three- dimensional bird on top. The globular body flattened and bearing an openwork foliage band on the shoulder. In the centre a circular hole, covered by a perforated domed lid with raised knob hinged at the back of the opening. On both sides of the body, a small three-lobed palmette projecting handle. The lamp is supported by a tall detachable base with large splayed foot, a feature encountered mostly in Khurasan, and a collared straight neck. On the foot, an incised band of foliage scrolls with dotted perforations, a row of incised simple palmettes leading to a bulging collar and a plain neck.
Ancient Near East