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A Candlestick and a Lamp

Object Name:
Candlestick
Date:
12th century
Geography:
Iran, Nishapur; Iran, Nishapur
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; applied decoration, monochrome painted under turquoise glaze
Dimensions:
H. 7 11/16 in. (19.5 cm) Diam. 11 13/16 in. (30 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1939
Accession Number:
39.40.107
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
While metal candlesticks with sloping sides and rosette knobs were fairly common in the twelfth century, this ceramic version is rare, and shows an interesting innovation to create the same decorative effect. Whereas the rosettes on the metal candlesticks were created by hammering out the surface of the object from the interior (the repoussé technique), here the effect was created by attaching separate ceramic knobs to the candlestick surface. This object was found in one of the upper levels of the mosque in the Tepe Madrasa area, and was probably used next to the mihrab.
1938, excavated at Tepe Madrasa in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1939, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds

Wilkinson, Charles K. Nishapur: Pottery of the Early Islamic Period. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 17, ch. 11, pp. 266, 279, ill. p. 279 (b/w).

Wilkinson, Charles K. Nishapur: Some Early Islamic Buildings and their Decoration. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1986. p. 56, ill. fig. 1.4 (b/w).



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