North African Sabbath Lamp
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6.4 x 15.2 x 7.6 cm (2 1/2 x 6 x 3 in)
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
mid or late 19th century
Place of origin
Possibly Fez (Morocco)
Purchased with funds from relatives and friends of Dr. and Mrs. Soreff in honor of their 40th Anniversary.
Adath Israel Museum, Middletown, CT
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