Arctic Soapstone Oil Lamp
Greenland
Soapstone
11" wide x 8" deep x 1 1/2" high
$1,300

Stone oil lamps have been used by the indigenous peoples of the Arctic for millennia. They are called kudlik, or qulliq, intended for burning whale or seal oil. In the 1800s, explorer William Parry wrote, "The fire belonging to each family consists of a single lamp or shallow vessel of lapis ollaris, its form being the lesser segment of a circle. The wick, composed of dry moss rubbed between the hands until it is quite inflammable, is disposed along the edge of the lamp."