Delphiniform Terracotta Lamp with Ridges and Black Slip


Delphiniform Terracotta Lamp with Ridges and Black Slip

terracotta: mold-made, fabric: fine. Munsell: 10 YR 4/1 dark gray

height 2.4 cm
length 8.4 cm
width 5.9 cm
holes 1.1 cm

Portland State University Middle East Studies Center
Bogue Lamp Collection, Lamp ID #312, PSU 109 (133)


Professor Anne Nicogorski, Willamette University, cited with permission

This black, delphiniform lamp is lacking in any decoration other than the ridges on the pointed nozzle. The side projection is pierced and the fill hole is large. Shape: Round-bodied lamp with ring base set off by inner and outer grooves; sharply carinated body profile; long extended flaring nozzle, rounded at end; flat ledge around wick hole; pierced side lug; small concave discus set off by circular groove with relatively large central fill hole. Decoration: Lustrous black slip covering all surfaces. Two parallel ridges on nozzle axis. Inscriptions: None. Condition: Intact; minor surface chips.