LampArtist(s)Baatonu (Bariba)Object Creation Date20th centuryMedium & SupportterracottaDimensions
19 1/8 in x 12 13/16 in x 11 7/16 in (48.6 cm x 32.6 cm x 29 cm)Credit LineGift of Dr. James and Vivian CurtisSubject matter
Bariba peoples, also called Baatonu (plural Baatombu), live in northeastern Republic of Benin and northwestern Nigeria. Lamps, such as this one, would have been fueled by shea butter. With its many uses, shea butter has been used as lantern fuel, used for moisturizing skin, and even used for cooking. Some lamps, such as this one, are adorned with animal and human figures.
Berzock, Kathleen Bickford. 2005. For Hearth and Altar: African Ceramics from the Keith Achepohl Collection.
New Haven and London: Yale University Press. Physical Description
A terracotta lamp with a rounded bottom on a circular base. The upper portion of the lamp is covered with multiple human and animal figures. The top of the lamp is formed by a short neck surmounted by a small bowl with two handles. Primary Object Classification Ceramic Primary Object TypelampCollection AreaAfricanRights
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lamps (lighting devices)