7th Century North African lamp from Egan Bronze classical oil lamps cast in bronze with patina

7th Century North African lamp from Egan Bronze classical oil lamps cast in bronze with patina, title

$900
Limited Edition 300
Mahogany Patina
H. 2 1/2 " W. 4 " L. 6 1/4 "


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By the mid seventh century AD, Islamic forces had overrun much of North Africa. This assimilation of cultures had an influence on the lamps of this time. The lamp style took the shape of a sleeping dove, head turned around resting it on it's back with an oil sac in the tail or nozzle end. This almond shaped lamp had a nozzle that was styled into the body, the sides were steeply carinated to increase the holding capacity for oil and ended with a graceful thumbhold. The rounded shoulders and sunken discus rim have been styled into a gutter around an enlarged fill hole to direct oil back to the fill hole or wick hole. Lamps like this one bear delicate floral or geometric designs and still others from this era bear religious motifs.

North Africa - Mid 7th to 10th century AD

Patinaed bronze

Classical mediterranean lady image



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