Oil Lamp

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Oil lamp 9th–10th centuries, Nishapur, Iran Glazed ceramic Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 1996.3.1

Oil lamp

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.

Bibliography: Wilkinson 1973, 233–234, 245, figs. 14–24.

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