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Ceramic Lamp

12th-13th century AD

This lamp with an elongated body has a wide opening in the front for the wick to come through, while a smaller opening on the top is for the oil. It also has a ring handle at the back decorated with a fan-shaped leaf on top. It is ornamented with painted floral decorations. There is also a field of pseudo-Arabic calligraphy decorations between the oil opening and the wick opening. The lower portion of the body surface is ornamented with parallel diagonal lines.

All these decorations are executed in a black color under a green glaze, set on a creamy colored surface. 

These kinds of lamps were known in the Byzantine period, where the handle would be decorated with an image of a cross. During the Islamic age the cross was replaced with a stylized fan-shaped leave.

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