Double Nozzle Terracotta Lamp with Leaf Shaped Handle


Double Nozzle Terracotta Lamp with Leaf Shaped Handle

late 2nd century CE?

terracotta: mold-made, fabric: fine with few specks. Munsell: 10 YR 7/3 very pale brown
height 2.8 cm
length 8.2 cm
 width 5.0 cm

Portland State University Middle East Studies Center
Bogue Lamp Collection, Lamp ID #195, PSU 102 (127)


Professor Anne Nicogorski, Willamette University, cited with permission

This grey lamp of circular body has two short nozzles. The handle is leaf-shaped and the fill hole is recessed. The lamp was once covered by an orange slip. Shape: Round-bodied lamp with flat base; slightly carinated body profile; small central fill hole in concave discus; two short rounded nozzles; triangular heat shield with central ridge on top and a ridge on underside joining base. Decoration: Reddish orange slip covering all surfaces.  Relief decoration around discus consisting of radiating petal pattern (very worn). Inscriptions: None. Condition: Nearly intact; large chips from one nozzle; other minor surface chips; crack along edge of heat shield; another crack on shoulder; very worn.