Almond Shaped Slipper Style Terracotta Lamp with Diamond Pattern


Almond Shaped Slipper Style Terracotta Lamp with Diamond Pattern

terracotta: mold-made. Fabric: fine with some inclusions. Munsell: 2.5 Y 7/3 pale yellow
height: 4.9 cm
length: 10.4 cm
width: 7.5 cm

Portland State University Middle East Studies Center
Bogue Lamp Collection, Lamp ID #173, PSU 168


Professor Anne Nicogorski, Willamette University, cited with permission

This fictile lamp has an almond shape with a pyramidal, lined handle. The top has raised panels of symbols and a keyhole design of raised lines from the large fill hole to the nozzle. Shape: Almond-shaped slipper lamp with almond-shaped ring base with ridge extending to point of body on underside (slightly askew). Sharply carinated body profile. Large central fill hole. Wick hole at pointed end of body. Large upright pyramidal handle at broad end of body. Decoration: Raised lip around fill hole, surrounded by a raised keyhole-shaped ridge extending to wick hole. Diamond pattern on nozzle axis, curved band of double-outlined square panels on shoulders, each containing three concentric circles and four smaller circles in corner. Triangles extend from top of each panel. Three ridges on front of handle. Condition: Intact. Heavily burnt at wick hole, minor surface chips, very worn, especially on one shoulder.