Oyster Shell Lamp

1924.02.0173

Photo of Oyster Shell Lamp

Basic Information

Artifact Identification Oyster Shell Lamp   (1924.02.0173)
Classification/
Nomenclature
Furnishings : Lighting Equipment : Lighting Devices
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location Europe, West, France
Period/Date Neolithic, 4500 - 2500 BCE
Culture Neolithic

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 17.2 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 7.3 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 5.1 cm
Weight 176.6 g
Measuring Remarks Weight was recorded using a triple beam balance scale on loan from the anthropology department.
Materials Animal--Shell
Manufacturing Processes N/A
Munsell Color Information light Grey (5y 7/1) -ns Red ( 10yr 4/6) -ns dark reddish Brown ( 5yr 2.5/2) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

Neolithic oyster shell and fiber wick used for lamp. Reddish substance (soft solid) used as fuel (animal fat?) remains inside.

Description N/A
Comparanda N/A
Bibliography N/A

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Baudon Collection
Reproduction No
Reproduction Information N/A

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