Oil Lamp

Description (Brief)
This oil lamp has three receptacles. It's long stem extends down to a raised round base with three swan-like birds. An owl finial is perched atop the reservoir. Olive oil or vegetable oil could be used to fuel this type of lamp. Tools attached to chains were used for trimming and snuffing out the wicks.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
oil lamp
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 15.7 cm x 14.5 cm; 6 3/16 in x 5 11/16 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0959
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
1991.0664.0959
subject
Lighting
Pharmacy
European Apothecary
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Art
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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