Corinthian Lamp FragmentRoman
Second half of 1st century BCE-early 1st century CE
1 3/8 x 2 9/16 x 9/16 in. (3.5 x 6.5 x 1.4 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: L.96
Geography: Europe, Greece
Classification: Furnishings and Furniture; Lighting Devices
Collection: Lucy Shoe Meritt Collection
Findspot: According to Lucy Shoe Meritt: "Found on surface of North Cemetery at Corinth, 1930."
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- Corinthian - Refers to a pottery style created in the city and region of Corinth in the Peloponnese in south-central Greece, and exported extensively in other parts of Greece, Italy, and Egypt, particularly in the second half of the seventh century BCE and the first half of the sixth century BCE. It is characterized by large vessels and bold decoration arranged in friezes covering most of the surface. Designs are in black-figure on a light terra-cotta background, with red, white, and incised additions. Motifs may have been inspired by Eastern textiles and typically include animals, monsters, or human figures, with ornaments such as dots, leaves, or rosettes scattered over the background.
- 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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