Oil lamp

Oil lamp

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Description
This oil lamp has three receptacles in the shape of lion heads. The wicks are threaded through the oil receptacle which terminates with an owl finial. A long metal rod extends from the reservoir bowl to the square base supported by four feet. The base is decorated with swan-like birds. Tools including a hook and a snuffer are attached to the lamp with metal chains. This type of lamp could be fuelled by olive or vegetable oil. It was used throughout Europe, but was particularly popular in Italian city states.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
oil lamp
Oil Lamp, Footed Trifolate
Other Terms
Oil Lamp, Footed Trifolate; Furnishings
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
metal, brass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 32.3 cm x 11.5 cm x 10.5 cm; 12 11/16 in x 4 1/2 in x 4 1/8 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0958
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 1046
catalog number
1991.0664.0958
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
subject
Lighting
Pharmacy
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Art
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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