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Copper alloy oil lamp
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (Sharjah)
Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation
Hegira 4th – 6th century / AD 10th – 12th century
SM 2006 – 1161
Northeastern Iran or Transoxiana
At first sight this peculiar vessel, which was cast and enhanced with incised ornamentation, looks like a ewer. However, judging by surviving, contemporary epigraphic and pictorial evidence, it most probably served as a reading lamp, its bulbous body designed to provide oil for a long period of uninterrupted light, its spout to hold the wick.
"Copper alloy oil lamp" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;ua;Mus21;24;en
MWNF Working Number: UA 24