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Caliphal oil lamp

  • Caliphal oil lamp. Albacete Provincial Museum © Ministerio de Cultura

    Caliphal oil lamp. Albacete Provincial Museum © Ministerio de Cultura



Precious metalwork


901-1000 (10th century AD)



Cultural background


Original title

Candil Califal
Albacete Museum
Albacete, Castile-La Mancha

Rasîq, the Umeyyad Caliph's own bronze craftsman, made this lamp from Liétor. It is of particular importance as it bears the signature of its creator, and for the beauty and delicacy of the craftsmanship.

It matches another simpler lamp and two lamp stands or chandeliers which form part of a series of over 100 pieces found in 1985. This included a wide range of objects: weapons and harnesses, along with farm tools, other implements for fishing and collecting honey, tools for working stone and wood, furniture, toiletry and personal adornment items, wooden bowls, scales and weights, which offer a glimpse of different aspects of daily life in the rural Islamic world.

Details of the work

Oil lamp

Height = 11 cm; Length = 20 cm; Diameter at base = 5.8 cm; Weight = 500 g

Lost wax cast and lathed

Bronze and iron


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