13th Century Cigarette Lighter

Lighter

Cigarette lighter

If in the 13th century Ismail al Jazari had had the opportunity to design a cigarette lighter, I feel sure his painting would have looked something like this.

He would have incorporated a sealed pot to hold the gas and somehow tied down a piece of flint. There would have been a cog that when turned could adjust the height of the flame and the whole mechanism would have been put in a decorative box.

As with the previous machines, I’ve used the phonetic alphabet to give the painting an air of mysticism. The strange symbols and the addition of the mathematical formula for a burning match gives it a real sense of this being a scientific document.

Prints, postcards and mugs of this fascinating Medieval Lighter are available from my on-line shop.

2 responses to “13th Century Cigarette Lighter

  1. Dear Neal,
    Ingenious and my congratulations on
    the invention and even more to your illustration if it.
    Now. Will you consider the pocket cigar lighter that Ismail used to keep in the interior of his robes.
    As ever, Michael O.

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