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masrajah (kerosene lamp)
  • unknown Hawazma maker
  • masrajah (kerosene lamp), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Kadugli, Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • metal, cotton, weaving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 12 x 8.5 x 11 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 4 3/4 x 3 3/8 x 4 5/16 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3245

The small round lamp is made from a repurposed can. It has a flat bottom and straight sides. The loop handle on one side has a strip of extra wick tied on. The top of the can is covered with a flat piece of metal, with a small cylinder on top to hold the wick and flame.

It was made from a recycled can. The wick would have been imported and the lamp would have been made for sale in the market, not made by individuals for their own use because most people wouldn't own the proper tools for soldering.