Adath Israel
 

Title

North African Sabbath Lamp

Creator

Wes ID #

cai020

Original Inventory #

83

Dimensions

6.4 x 15.2 x 7.6 cm (2 1/2 x 6 x 3 in)

General Description

Glazed earthenware with cobalt blue paint became popular in Morocco in the mid- and late 19th century, due to the appearance, through Mediteranean trade, of Chinese porcelain and European cobalt blue (Victoria and Albert Museum, Accession number 1578–1871). The arches on the lamp can be found in a lot of Moroccan art from this period, suggesting that this piece is of Moroccan—rather than Chinese or Dutch—origin. Specifically, this piece likely comes from Fez, Morocco, as Fez was a major center for this type of earthenware

Description of materials

Earthenware: glazed and painted in cobalt blue

Time period

mid or late 19th century

Place of origin

Possibly Fez (Morocco)

Provenance

Purchased with funds from relatives and friends of Dr. and Mrs. Soreff in honor of their 40th Anniversary.

Holding Institution

Adath Israel Museum, Middletown, CT

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