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A5652 Oil lamp, ceramic, wheelmade, maker unknown, Ur, Persian period, 540 BCE, excavated by Sir Charles Leonard Woolley, in Ur, Mesopotamia (Iraq), 1922-1934. Click to enlarge.

Mesopotamian oil lamp

Made in Ur, Mesopotamia, 540-320BCE.
The lamp has a round body with plain sides, a slightly flared neck featuring a ridge at the bottom and an uneven base. The surface of the lamp is covered with a pale cream slip. It has two pieces missing from the rim and the end of the spout is broken. It shows evidence of being used, with burn marks at the end of the spout.

Summary

Object No.

A5652

Object Statement

Oil lamp, ceramic, wheelmade, maker unknown, Ur, Persian period, 540 BCE, excavated by Sir Charles Leonard Woolley, in Ur, Mesopotamia (Iraq), 1922-1934

Physical Description

The lamp has a round body with plain sides, a slightly flared neck featuring a ridge at the bottom and an uneven base. The surface of the lamp is covered with a pale cream slip. It has two pieces missing from the rim and the end of the spout is broken. It shows evidence of being used, with burn marks at the end of the spout.

Marks

"P" is written on the side in black ink. This presumably means "Persian", perhaps written by Woolley's team, or by MAAS when first accessioned.

Dimensions

Height

83 mm

Width

146 mm

Production

Made

Ur, Mesopotamia 540-320BCE

Notes

Probably Mesopotamia - found at Ur.
The fabric of the lamp is lightweight, with several chaff marks on the surface. It is made of a medium/fine levigation featuring black inclusions. Colours: 10YR7/3; slip ca 2.5Y8/2 (Munsell colour system).

History

Notes

Provenance: Excavated at Ur, from Sir Charles Leonard Woolley's excavations, 1922-1934.

Source

Credit Line

Source unknown, 1969

Acquisition Date

29 August 1969

Cite this Object

Harvard

Mesopotamian oil lamp 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 5 July 2020, <https://ma.as/183969>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/183969 |title=Mesopotamian oil lamp |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=5 July 2020 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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