Delphiniform Terracotta Lamp with Sword Relief on Nozzle


Delphiniform Terracotta Lamp with Sword Relief on Nozzle

terracotta: mold-made, fabric: fine grayish clay. Munsell: 7.5 YR 5/1 gray
height 3.1 cm
length 9.7 cm
width 5.9 cm

Portland State University Middle East Studies Center
Bogue Lamp Collection, Lamp ID #163, PSU 100 (125)


Professor Anne Nicogorski, Willamette University, cited with permission

This pink lamp is of the delphiniform type. It has a long, pointed nozzle, circular body, and pierced side projecting handle. The large pierced fill hole is recessed. The nozzle bears a sword as decoration. Shape: Round-bodied lamp with ring base; rounded body profile; central fill hole in small concave discus; long extended nozzle with triangular termination, rounded at tip; partially pierced side lug. Decoration: Matt red-orange slip.  Relief decoration on top consisting of circular ridge around discus; depressed panel on nozzle axis with relief figure-eight caduceus; traces of relief on shoulder near nozzle -- very worn. Inscriptions: None. Condition: Intact; minor surface chips; very worn; slip mostly worn away; burning around wick hole; traces of encrustation.