Delphiniform Terracotta Lamp with Volute Relief on Handle


Delphiniform Terracotta Lamp with Volute Relief on Handle

terracotta: mold-made, fabric: fine with some inclusions. Munsell: 7.5 YR 6/6 reddish yellow
height 3 cm
length 8.9 cm
width 5.6 cm

Portland State University Middle East Studies Center
Bogue Lamp Collection, Lamp ID #300, PSU 122 (146)


Professor Anne Nicogorski, Willamette University, cited with permission

This tan, delphiniform lamp is void of any decoration save on the pointed nozzle. The relief of a vase is in the area between the ridges on the nozzle. The point of juncture between the two halves appears as a crack. Shape: Round-bodied lamp with disk base; rounded body profile; small concave discus with central fill hole; extended flaring nozzle, rounded at the end; solid triangular side lug on right side (nozzle pointing up). Decoration: Relief decoration on top consisting of circular ridge around fill hole; pair of volutes flanking nozzle, curling at edge of discus, forming depressed channel on nozzle axis; stylized sistrum (?) on nozzle axis. Inscriptions: None. Condition: Intact; cracked between upper and lower halves; minor chips; burning around wick hole.