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Middle Eastern (?) LampAbbasid
8th century-9th century
1 15/16 in. x 4 3/16 in. x 2 15/16 in. (5 cm x 10.6 cm x 7.5 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
This object has the following keywords:
- lamps - Lighting devices having a vessel to contain fuel used as a source of illumination, such as grease or oil. The term also refers to relatively small -- of a size to be placed on or beside a desk or table -- household or office lighting devices that incorporate a vessel of glass or some similar material that encloses the source of illumination, whether a candle, oil, gas-jet, or incandescent wire inside a light bulb. The lamp was invented at least as early as 70,000 BCE, originally consisting of a hollowed-out rock filled with moss or some other absorbent material that was soaked with animal fat and ignited. To refer to the glass bulbs used as a component of electric lamps, use "light bulbs."
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
- Shulamit Hadad, "Oil Lamps from the Abbasid through the Mamluk Periods at Bet Shean, Israel." Levant 31, no. 1 (1999): 203-224.
- Arthur Lane, Early Islamic Pottery: Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Persia (London, England: Faber and Faber, 1947),
- Yvonne Gerber and Michael Glascock. Ceramic Finds: Typological and Technical Studies of the Pottery Remains from Tell Hesband and Vicinity (Berrien Springs: Andrews University Press, 2012),
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