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Oil lamp in the form of a miner's lamp (lampara minera)

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The lamp is composed of a beaker-shaped hinged reservoir with an applied base and projecting wick holder that hangs at the base of a tall sconce, which is ornamented with a variety of symbols. A silver framework supports the whole, beginning with a flat band soldered to the back of the lamp,...

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Inscription

B M,” shaped from a sheet of metal, appears below cross on form.

Marks

None

Provenance

Before 1968 with private dealer, Montevideo, Uruguay, by 1968 with Edward Merrin, New York, loaned to the Museum by the donor on August 5, 1975, and given in 2001.

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay

1850–1900

Object Place

Bolivia (possibly)

Dimensions

31.4 x 11.3 x 24.5 cm (12 3/8 x 4 7/16 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

2001.842

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware