Frog Style Terracotta Lamp with Circle Relief


Frog Style Terracotta Lamp with Circle Relief 

Late 3rd-early 4th century CE

terracotta: mold-made, fabric: fine

Portland State University Middle East Studies Center
Bogue Lamp Collection, Lamp ID #98, PSU 025bis (47)


Professor Anne Nicogorski, Willamette University, cited with permission

This grey-green frog lamp is highly stylized, with the design reduced to three raised bumps surrounding the fill hole. The nozzle is short and broad. Shape: Round bodied lamp with slightly concave base; carinated body profile; off-center fill hole within slightly concave discus; short, extended, rounded nozzle. Decoration: Relief decoration on top consisting of a groove around the discus; three relief bosses around the fill hole, one opposite the nozzle with others at right angles on either side; small raised circle between fill hole and wick hole. Inscriptions: None. Condition: Intact; very worn; blackened and burnt, especially around nozzle.