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Almond Shaped Terracotta Lamp with Scrolled Grape Vine Relief
Work Type
terracotta (clay material)
height 3.0 cm
length 8.9 cm
width 6.8 cm
Provenance and prior publication: Lamp ID #326
Further object details: mold-made, terracotta, fabric: fine to medium, few inclusions, hole diameter: 2.1 cm. Munsell: 10 YR 7/4 very pale brown.
Professor Anne Nicogorski, Willamette University, cited with permission:
This light gray lamp is almond shaped and has a scrolled grape-vine and grape design covering the upper portion. There is also a ridge forming a keyhole design around the large fill hole and extending around the pierced wick hole. There is another pierced hole at the end opposite the wick-hole where the pyramidal handle once was. Shape: Slipper lamp; almond shaped lamp with almond shaped ring base; sharply carinated body profile; large central fill hole with raised lip; keyhole shaped ridge around fill hole extending to tip of nozzle and wick hole, forming depressed channel on nozzle axis; pyramidal handle missing. Decoration: Relief decoration on top consisting of series of circular and triangular fields outlined with pairs of parallel ridges; triangular fields near handle contain upright triangular motifs (possibly palm branches); circular fields contain bunches of grapes; smaller bunches of grapes outside fields; band of herringbone pattern on nozzle axis. Inscriptions: None. Condition: Mostly complete; missing handle; minor chips along edges; heavily worn; burnt near wick hole.
Portland State University Middle East Studies Center
Accession Number
PSU 030 (55)
Image reproduced with permission from Portland State University Middle East Studies Center
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