Oil Lamp

8th century
Made in Jordan, Gerasa (Jerash)
Light red ware
1 3/8 x 4 7/16 x 2 11/16 in. (3.5 x 11.2 x 6.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Jordan Archaeological Museum, Amman (J. 12244)
Not on view
The decoration on the clay lamps, small objects designed for daily use, in the exhibition helps chart the transformation of Byzantium’s southern provinces into lands central to the Islamic world. Largely produced at the important city of Gerasa (Jerash) in Jordan, the lamps came with a variety of decorations—Christian crosses and inscriptions, Greek and Arabic inscriptions on the same lamp, and ones inscribed only in Arabic.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.