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Item:172459070029Late Byzantine - Early Islamic hand carved stone Oil Lamp - circa 11th Century AD Up for sale is this wonderful Early Islamic decorated stone oil lamp, hand carved from a single piece of stone with geometric markings, zig zag pattern, and lines on top and sides. This Early Islamic Stone Oil Lamp measures Length: 6" inches = 26 cm; Height: 2" tall = 5 cm; The width is 2 1/8” = 5.8 cm; Weight: 442 g = 15.6 oz. = almost 1 lb. Condition: Genuine darkening of the lamp nose from the flame. Handle appears to be gone. Please look closely at the photos to see the beauty of this item and please feel free to ask questions. The details inscribed by the Stonemason display true craftsmanship of this wonderful hand carved lamp. Provenance: This item and other unknown items were found in a foot locker that a collector has bought recently at auction in Texas, USA. There were two stone oil lamps, and a Chinese ginger jar. History of the oil lamp. There is a transitional period from Byzantine to Islamic lamps. Lamps of this transitional period changed from being decorated with crosses, animals, human likenesses, birds, fish, etc., to being decorated with plain linear, geometric, and raised dot patterns. The early Islamic lamps are a continuation of Byzantine lamps. Decorations were initially a stylized form of bird, grain, tree, plant or flower. Then they became entirely geometric or linear with raised dots. Patterns in Islamic artifacts normally take one of three different forms: vegetable, or curving vines, often called arabesques; calligraphic verses, usually from the Quran; and geometric shapes. Instead of representing something specific, as a symbol would in Western art, patterns in Islamic architecture are meant to represent abstract concepts related to Islam and encourage people to think about the impermanence of the physical world and the unity and nature of God.Condition:Genuine darkening of the lamp nose from the flame. Handle appears to be gone., Material:Stone, Provenance:Ownership History Available
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Late Byzantine - Early Islamic hand carved stone Oil Lamp - circa 1000 AD