Islamic ceramic multiple oil lamp, 700 A.D.

This Islamic oil lamp has a circular shape and is very special as it has nine wick spouts and a bowl-shaped or funnel-shaped entrance. Because of this particular shape, it would not be a oil lamp for daily use but an object of ritual use. Among the materials used as fuel the most common was olive oil, although mixtures of fish oil with the animal's entrails, oil with crushed nuts and even other types of oils such as castor oil were used. While dried vegetable fibres or wicks made from animal hair were used as wicks.


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