Elongated Terracotta Lamp with Human Face


Elongated Terracotta Lamp with Human Face

terracotta: mold-made, fabric: fine with some inclusions. Munsell: 7.5 YR 6/6 reddish yellow
height 4.1 cm
length 14 cm
width 6.6 cm

Portland State University Middle East Studies Center
Bogue Lamp Collection, Lamp ID #171, PSU TA-5


Professor Anne Nicogorski, Willamette University, cited with permission

Shape: Elongated plastic lamp with flat underside; shape of human head with long neck; broad oval-shaped opening at top of head (fill hole?); smaller round opening at base of neck (wick hole?). Decoration: Traces of reddish slip.  Frontal human face, pudgy, child's proportions; frontal ears on either side; band with raised squares at top of head (diadem?); another curved, ridged area above head (hair? wig?); curled side-lock on proper right side of face; vertical petal pattern on neck and two horizontal ridges at base of neck. Inscriptions: None. Condition: Intact; chips around fill hole; cracks and small holes/chips on top; minor body chips; burning around wick hole; whitish residue.