Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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oil lamp
  • Africa
  • oil lamp, late 1800s–1998
  • brass
  • Object Height/Diameter: 58 x 13.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 22 13/16 x 5 5/16 in
  • Gift of Robert H. Brown Jr.
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3040

The small globular oil lamp has three arms, a stem and a tall rod. There is an open finial at the top of the rod. There are three chains on a loop around the rod, one of the chains has a small scissor attached. There is a cylindrical lid with a wide base to cover the opening. The loop of chains, the lid and the lamp itself are all independently moveable along the height of the rod.

There is a round base with a long stem that flares and constricts twice.