Lamp, Earthenware; molded, slipped and glazed

Lamp

Date:
9th century
Geography:
Attributed to Syria, probably Aleppo
Medium:
Earthenware; molded, slipped and glazed
Dimensions:
H. 2 5/16 in. (5.9 cm)
L. 4 9/16 in. (11.6 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1919
Accession Number:
19.57.2
Not on view
The shallow open lamps previously used in the Middle East were replaced by deeper pinched bowls, imported from Greece in Hellenistic times. However, the low-relief decoration and green or honey-colored glazes are characteristic of the Roman pottery tradition. These lamps burned olive oil through a fiber wick.
[ Emile Tabbagh, Paris and New York, until 1919; sold to MMA]