Description: A circular fawn pottery oil lamp with large central filler hole, a small wick hole close to the upstanding rim and pad base. Traces of soot on the rim close to the wick hole and some inoffensive minor rim chips, otherwise complete and in good condition. Undecorated but a nice example of the type.
Size: 73 mm/2.9 ins. in diameter, and 35 mm/1.4 ins. high
Culture: early Islamic
Date: c. 8th-10th Century A.D.
Provenance: Ex Colorado private collection, and previously in the Major Blinkinsop Collection, acquired while working for the UN in the Middle East during the 1960s.
Background: Major Blinkinsop built up a very large collection of ancient lamps while serving in the Middle East. The entire collection was crated up and shipped to the USA at the onset of the 1967 Israeli-Arab War. These crates were reputedly only opened by his descendants in 2012.