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75A-1 Oil lamp (1 of 3), mould made, terracotta, maker unknown, Egypt,160-30BCE. Click to enlarge.

Terracotta oil lamp from Egypt

Made in Egypt, Africa, 160-30BC.
This lamp has a round reservoir on which a raised discus sits and then sinks to the central area near the small filler hole. On the top end near the nozzle there is a small "ribbon" decoration. The spout extends into a flared bow shape concluding in two small lugs. The lamp has two small lug handles, one of which is shaped as a dolphin. It has a flat disc base with a small blob of clay adhering to it which is slightly off centre and probably accidental. The base is also inscribed with a potters mark with a Greek 'A' (alpha) in the centre. The lamp is a light terracotta colour.

Fabric: medium fine levigation with red/brown, grey, calcareous and quartz inclusions. The top is slipped.

Summary

Object No.

75A-1

Object Statement

Oil lamp (1 of 3), mould made, terracotta, maker unknown, Egypt,160-30BCE

Physical Description

This lamp has a round reservoir on which a raised discus sits and then sinks to the central area near the small filler hole. On the top end near the nozzle there is a small "ribbon" decoration. The spout extends into a flared bow shape concluding in two small lugs. The lamp has two small lug handles, one of which is shaped as a dolphin. It has a flat disc base with a small blob of clay adhering to it which is slightly off centre and probably accidental. The base is also inscribed with a potters mark with a Greek 'A' (alpha) in the centre. The lamp is a light terracotta colour.

Fabric: medium fine levigation with red/brown, grey, calcareous and quartz inclusions. The top is slipped.

Marks

On the base in pencil is a partially illegible word: 'Sakalma', 'Sai_alma' or 'Sa (illeg.) abra'

Dimensions

Height

25 mm

Width

67 mm

Production

Made

Egypt, Africa 160-30BC

Cite this Object

Harvard

Terracotta oil lamp from Egypt 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 5 July 2020, <https://ma.as/18877>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/18877 |title=Terracotta oil lamp from Egypt |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=5 July 2020 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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