Double Nozzle Terracotta Lamp with Petal Relief


Double Nozzle Terracotta Lamp with Petal Relief

2nd century CE

terracotta: mold-made, fabric: fine with some inclusions. Munsell: 7.5 YR 5/4 brown
height 2.3 cm
length 7 cm
width 4.5 cm

Portland State University Middle East Studies Center
Bogue Lamp Collection, Lamp ID #202, PSU 104 (129)


Professor Anne Nicogorski, Willamette University, cited with permission

This red lamp has a pierced handle which appears to have been attached after the original one broke off. The top is decorated by a simple petal design around the fill hole recess. Shape: Round-bodied lamp with flat base; slightly convex body profile; flat on top; flat discus with raised ridge and small central fill hole; two short rounded nozzles; vertical ring handle, squarish in section, at rear of lamp. Decoration: Traces of reddish-brown slip on all surfaces.  Decoration on top consisting of radiating sunken relief petal pattern around discus (possibly stamped). Inscriptions: None. Condition: Intact; minor chips; worn; some encrustation; patches of discoloration due to burning.