Oil lamp

Description
This red painted tinware oil lamp was acquired in the town of Lares in 1959. Popular lore says that small oil lamps like this were used by women to meet at night and gossip. Chisme, means gossip, therefore the lamp was named a chismosa, or gossiper.
Description (Spanish)
Esta lámpara de aceite de latón fue adquirida en la ciudad de Lares en 1959. Es la creencia popular que lámparas pequeñas como estas eran usadas por mujeres que se reunían por la noche a chismear. Por esta razón este tipo de lámparas se llaman chismosas.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lamp, oil
Date made
ca 1959
Physical Description
tin (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 10 cm x 9.9 cm x 9 cm; 3 15/16 in x 3 7/8 in x 3 9/16 in
Place Made
Puerto Rico: Ponce, Lares
ID Number
1997.0097.1067
accession number
1997.0097
catalog number
1997.0097.1067
subject
Daily Life
Puerto Rico
Household Tools and Equipment
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Home and Community Life: Ethnic
Cultures & Communities
Vidal
Family & Social Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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