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Frog Style Terracotta Lamp with Checkerboard Relief
Work Type
2nd to 3rd century AD (?)
height: 3.3 cm
length: 9 cm
width: 7.7 cm
Provenance and Prior Publication: Lamp ID #70
Further Object Details: mold-made, terracotta. Fabric: coarse buff clay. Munsell: 2.5 Y 7/3 pale yellow.
Professor Anne Nicogorski, Willamette University, cited with permission:
This grey frog lamp is ovoid in body and its thick nozzle has a distinct separation. The hind legs are barely discernable and the remainder of the lamp is a checkerboard pattern. The bottom bears a potter's mark.
Shape: Round bodied lamp with short extended nozzle, rounded at termination, ring base, central fill hole on top within concave discus.
Decoration: Frog lamp. Tail opposite nozzle, triangular and cross-barred. Two ribs radiating from discus on either side, framing four fields of checkerboard design. Circular ridge surrounding fill hole with recessed circle at juncture of body and nozzle. Radiating from that circle are three bands of diagonal ladder pattern, one running along axis of nozzle.
Inscriptions: Potter's mark on base.
Condition: Intact. Surface worn, minor chips, crack on shoulder.
Portland State University Middle East Studies Center
Accession Number
PSU 147 (169)
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