The 'Imnara' was an Oil Lamp ( in Maltese musbieh ) holder, used in ancient households for carrying the oil lamp in it around the house. It consisted of an ear handle, in the case of big ones , two ear handles , a bottom shelf with canopied ventilator and window emitting the light. The Imnara was introduced into these Islands at least since 800 A.D. around the time of the Arab rule of the Islands and was still in use till the first half of the 20th Century. The word imnara, which is of Arab syntax, is also similar to the word Luminara, another word for lantern in Italian. In Maltese the translation of 'imnara' is 'l-imnara'.
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