Lantern for a Lamp, Earthenware; carved decoration, unglazed

Lantern for a Lamp

Object Name:
9th–10th century
Attributed to Iran, Nishapur. Excavated in Iran, Nishapur
Earthenware; carved decoration, unglazed
H. 9 5/8 in. (24.5 cm)
Diam. 5 7/8 in. (15 cm)
Base. 4 1/2 in. (11.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1939
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
This unglazed lantern has a small opening that allowed the insertion of a lamp, and a handle that made it easier to carry. Its abstract pattern of pierced lines would have cast pleasing shadows when the lamp inside was lit.
1938, excavated at Tepe Madrasa in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1939, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds

Asia Society. "Iranian Ceramics," May 3, 1963–September 12, 1963, no. 31.

Paris. Musée du Louvre. "Louvre Long Term Loan," April 28, 2004–April 27, 2006, no catalogue.

"The Museum's Excavations at Nishapur." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 37, no. 4 (1942). p. 86, ill. fig. 4 (b/w).

McAllister, Hannah, Maurice S. Dimand, Charles K. Wilkinson, and Walter Hauser. "Excavations of the Iranian Expedition in the Kanat Teppeh, Nishapur." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, old series, vol. 37 (1942). p. 86, ill. fig. 4 (b/w).

Wilkinson, Charles K. Iranian Ceramics. New York: Asia House Gallery, 1963. no. 31, p. 124, ill. pl. 31 (b/w).

Wilkinson, Charles K. Nishapur: Pottery of the Early Islamic Period. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 52, pp. 307, 343, ill. p. 343 (b/w).