12th century AD
stonepaste ware, with a transparent turquoise glaze
33.6 x 17.7cm
The lamp is of unusually complex construction. At the base, in a shallow bowl, are four pinched oil lamps, of a type widespread in Islamic cultures. These surround a three-tiered candelabrum of lamps with multiple spouts, diminishing progressively in size and surmounted by crenellated decoration resembling stylised human figures linking their arms. The top lamp is an openwork finial surmounted by two small birds.
E.J. Grube et al, Cobalt and Lustre. The First Centuries of Islamic Pottery, The Nasser D Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, volume IX, London 1994, cat.188, p.183. J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.125, p.111.