Description: A fawn pottery oil lamp with high-arched handle, short pointed tip under the wick hole and raised collar around the filler hole. Some earthy encrustation and overall surface wear and traces of soot deposits around the wick hole, but a nice example of the type, from the Levant, possibly Syria.
Size: 110 mm/4.3 ins. in length
Date: c. 800-1100 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.