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Islamic Nishapur Green Glazed Oil Lamp

Persia (Iran), Nishapur area, ca. 12th century CE. A pottery oil lamp in the distinctive Nishapur style, glazed in a beautiful, iridescent pale turquoise. A small handle projects from one side and a short spout from the other. The body of this lamp and others of its style is made of finely ground quartz mixed with clay; this created a white surface on which the artists could paint designs directly. The glaze is alkaline, with a copper base to give it its color, and would be poured over the clay. These pieces may have been inspired by the blue and white glazed pottery that travelled the Silk Road from Tang Dynasty China, but the end result here is clearly not just an imitation, but an entirely different, radical style developed in Nishapur. Size: 3" W x 2.9" H (7.6 cm x 7.4 cm) Size: 4.25" L x 2.6" W x 1.25" H (10.8 cm x 6.6 cm x 3.2 cm)

Condition: Restoration to spout, repaired from about 6 pieces, lovely iridescent surface

Provenance: Ex-private Thousand Oaks, CA collection

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