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Name of Object:

Copper alloy oil lamp


Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (Sharjah)

Holding Museum:

Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation

About Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation, Sharjah

Date of Object:

Hegira 4th – 6th century / AD 10th – 12th century

Museum Inventory Number:

SM 2006 – 1161

Period / Dynasty

Ghaznavid? Seljuq?


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.

Citation of this web page:

 "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


 Artistic Introduction

Islamic Dynasties / Period

Seljuqs (Great Seljuqs)

On display in

MWNF Galleries



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