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.

Date Made: ca 1959

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

Place Made: Puerto Rico: Lares, Lares

Subject: Daily LifeHousehold Tools and Equipment

Subject:

See more items in: Home and Community Life: Ethnic, Cultures & Communities, Family & Social Life, Vidal

Exhibition:

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Credit Line: Gift of Teodoro Vidal

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1997.0097.1067Accession Number: 1997.0097Catalog Number: 1997.0097.1067

Object Name: lamp, oil

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

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-341a-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_602438

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