Oil lamp 9th–10th centuries, Nishapur, Iran Glazed ceramic Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 1996.3.1
This small ceramic oil lamp has a polygonal body and a flattened rectangular nozzle. Its clay surface is covered with a glaze that now displays an iridescent patina. Oil lamps were practical items for lustration in private homes, including those located in medieval Nishapur, Iran.
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