Athenian Black-Gloss Lamp5th century BCE
1 5/8 in. x 2 9/16 in. x 1 11/16 in. (4.1 cm x 6.5 cm x 4.3 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: L.94
Geography: Europe, Greece
Classification: Furnishings and Furniture; Lighting Devices
Culture/Nationality: Attic; Athenian
Collection: Lucy Shoe Meritt Collection
Findspot: According to Lucy Shoe Meritt: "Found on ledge on a tunnel into a mine at Laurion."
This object has the following keywords:
- Attic - Style and culture of the region of Attica. For culture particular to the capital of Attica, Athens, use "Athenian."
- engobe - Slip glaze applied over a clay body to provide a smooth surface for further glazing or decoration, usually by dipping or brushing; contains color oxides as well as clay, feldspar, and silica.
- lamps - Lighting devices having a vessel to contain fuel used as a source of illumination, such as grease or oil. The term also refers to relatively small -- of a size to be placed on or beside a desk or table -- household or office lighting devices that incorporate a vessel of glass or some similar material that encloses the source of illumination, whether a candle, oil, gas-jet, or incandescent wire inside a light bulb. The lamp was invented at least as early as 70,000 BCE, originally consisting of a hollowed-out rock filled with moss or some other absorbent material that was soaked with animal fat and ignited. To refer to the glass bulbs used as a component of electric lamps, use "light bulbs."
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