Delphiniform Terracotta Lamp with Red Slip


Delphiniform Terracotta Lamp with Red Slip

terracotta: mold-made, fabric: fine. Munsell: 2.5 YR 5/6 red
height 2.6 cm
length 7.5 cm
width 5.6 cm

Portland State University Middle East Studies Center
Bogue Lamp Collection, Lamp ID #272, PSU 163 (181)


Professor Anne Nicogorski, Willamette University, cited with permission

This red, fictile lamp is squat and has a short broad-based nozzle. It is delphiniform since it has a slightly pierced side projection. The lamp bears no decoration. Shape: Round-bodied lamp with ring base set off by circular groove; slightly carinated body profile; concave discus set off by circular groove; large central fill hole; extended, slightly squared nozzle; side lug on right side (nozzle pointing up) with small circular depression on top. Decoration: Covered with reddish brown slip on all surfaces. Inscriptions: None. Condition: Nearly complete; heavily chipped around wick hole; heavily burnt around wick hole.