Stone oil lamp, 9th-10th century

Unknown artist, expand_more

Steatite; carvedexpand_more

Gift of Mr. Earle H. Balchexpand_more  55.10.7

Not on Viewexpand_more

This type of oil lamp was common in medieval Nishapur, Iran. Made of a soft stone that is easy to carve, it has a cubic shape with four feet. The thin wall of the circular oil well is surrounded by deeply carved flanges that appear Y-shaped in cross section, which gives the lamp a deocrative, organic appearance.

Stone oil lamp
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