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Part of a Lantern

Date:
8th century
Geography:
Made in Eastern Mediterranean, excavated at al-Fudayn (Mafraq), Jordan
Medium:
Steatite, carved and engraved
Dimensions:
H: 7 7/8 in. (20 cm); diam: 5 7/8 in. (15 cm)
Classification:
Steatites
Credit Line:
Jordan Archeological Museum, Amman (J. 19312)
  • Description

    Al-Fudayn, an Umayyad residence located on trade routes joining cities such as Gerasa (Jerash) with the Arabian Peninsula, belonged to the exceptionally wealthy great grandson of the third Orthodox caliph ‘Uthman ibin ‘Afan. It was destroyed in the early ninth century, when a subsequent owner opposed the Abbasids. These luxury goods were found together and were perhaps hidden at that time.
    This dome-shaped lantern has a series of arcades containing hanging lamps around the base. The lamp may have been inspired by a monument such as the Dome of the Rock, an important early Islamic site in Jerusalem.

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