Disc Shaped Terracotta Lamp with Orange Slip


Disc Shaped Terracotta Lamp with Orange Slip

terracotta: wheel-made, fabric: very fine. Munsell: 5 YR 7/4 pink
height 3.5 cm
length 8.8 cm
width 6.8 cm

Portland State University Middle East Studies Center
Bogue Lamp Collection, Lamp ID #289, PSU 097 (123)


Professor Anne Nicogorski, Willamette University, cited with permission

This orange lamp is of disc shape. The short vase-neck, used as a fill hole, is incompletely pierced into the reservoir. The short nozzle is cylindrical and protrudes up from the rim. The loop handle that extended from the back of the rim to the top of the neck is now missing. The orange color is a slip over the pink clay of the lamp. Shape: Round-bodied lamp with rounded bottom; disk-shaped body with slightly rounded side walls, sloping shoulder; short vertical neck; extended cylindrical nozzle from side; vertical strap handle attached at rim of neck and body, now missing. Decoration: Unevenly applied orange slip covering all surfaces. Inscriptions: None. Condition: Mostly complete; handle missing; minor chips; burning around wick hole.