Almond Shaped Terracotta Lamp with Green Glaze and Ridge Relief


Almond Shaped Terracotta Lamp with Green Glaze and Ridge Relief

terracotta: moldmade; fabric: fine, gritty buff clay
height 5.6 cm
length 9.2 cm
width 6.2 cm

Portland State University Middle East Studies Center
Bogue Lamp Collection, Lamp ID #280, PSU 170 (188)


Professor Anne Nicogorski, Willamette University, cited with permission

This almond-shaped lamp has straight sides and rests on four short feet. The loop handle is missing, as is a portion of the almond-shaped fill hole. The square, open nozzle is missing also. Shape: Almond-shaped lamp with flat base and four short peg feet; straight body profile with curved shoulder; short neck with squared lip around almond-shaped fill hole; extended open nozzle at pointed end of body; vertical handle at wide end, attached on shoulder and at neck (probably originally ring handle, now missing). Decoration: Glossy green glaze on all surfaces, dribbling onto underside. Pair of parallel horizontal ridges running around sides of body, interrupted by vertical ridges on either side of nozzle; broad vertical ridge extending from back of handle, with two shallow grooves on it; thin almond-shaped ridge on shoulder, with triangular boss at pointed end, near nozzle. Inscriptions: None. Condition: Body mostly complete; missing parts include nozzle, handle, ca. half of neck, tips of three of the feet; other minor chips.