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Frog Style Terracotta Lamp with Palm Fond and Knot Relief
Work Type
terracotta (clay material)
height 3.2 cm
length 7.8 cm
width 7.1 cm
Provenance and Prior Publication: Lamp ID #325
Further Object Details: mold-made, terracotta, fabric: medium-fine. Munsell: 2.5 Y 7/3 pale yellow
Professor Anne Nicogorski, Willamette University, cited with permission:
This lamp has a medium length, thick, pierced nozzle on its ovoid body. The pierced fill hole is in a recess which is surrounded by a deeply incised line which is in turn surrounded by a stylization of a frog. The design consists of two palm fronds, and a number of short, parallel lines. There is a distinct potter’s mark on the bottom. Shape: Round bodied lamp with flat base set off by circular groove; slightly carinated body profile; small concave discus set off by circular groove; central fill hole; short, extended nozzle rounded at tip.Decoration: Brown slip? (probably discoloration). Frog type lamp. Relief decoration on shoulder consisting of pair of palm fronds joined by stylized knot opposite nozzle; nozzle axis decorated with ladder pattern flanked by three diagonal grooves/ridges. Inscriptions: Potter's mark on base (alpha). Condition: Intact; surface worn and discolored -- patches of dark brown.
Portland State University Middle East Studies Center
Accession Number
PSU 052 (80)
Image reproduced with permission from Portland State University Middle East Studies Center
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