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Almond Shaped Terracotta Lamp with Maltese Cross Relief
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Almond Shaped Terracotta Lamp with Maltese Cross Relief
Work Type
terracotta (clay material)
height 3.7 cm
length 9.0 cm
width 6.0 cm
Provenance and prior publication: Lamp ID #317
Further object details: mold-made, terracotta, fabric: medium. Munsell: 2.5 YR 6/4 light reddish brown
Professor Anne Nicogorski, Willamette University, cited with permission:
This white, slipper shaped lamp has the end of its nozzle broken off. The design on the recessed and centrally pierced discus is a relief of a Maltese cross. The handle is not pierced and sits over the rear of the lamp. Shape: Roughly almond shaped lamp with flat base set off by shallow almond shaped groove; carinated body profile; concave discus with small central fill hole; pair of circular grooves around discus; wick hole at pointed end; unpierced rounded upright handle at broad end of body. Decoration: Relief decoration on top consisting of equal-armed cross on discus with flanged arms; series of five parallel grooves along nozzle axis. Inscriptions: None. Condition: Mostly complete; tip of nozzle broken away; very dirty; encrusted with whitish residue; traces of burning near wick hole.
Portland State University Middle East Studies Center
Accession Number
PSU 200 (204)
Image reproduced with permission from Portland State University Middle East Studies Center
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