Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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oil lamp
  • unknown maker from Afghanistan
  • oil lamp, 1920s
  • Where object was made: Afghanistan
  • brass
  • Object Height/Diameter: 41 x 15 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 16 1/8 x 5 7/8 in
  • Gift of Professor and Mrs. Douglas Hyland
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3041

The small globular oil lamp has three arms, a stem and a rod. There is a round base, a stem that flares near the middle and a conical washer-like object below the lamp. The lamp has a tall lid that covers the opening, constricts, and then flares into a large round bubble, then constricts again. The lid, lamp and washer are all independently moveable along the vertical rod. The rod is topped with a shield shaped finial.