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Post by benwilliams September 1st 2021, 1:21 pm

Tortoise figural stoneware oil lamp.
I was a bit puzzled to start with but an oil lamp seems the most likely.
Well modelled but is it moulded or thrown and sculpted?
Any idea what country it could be from?
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Post by NaomiM September 1st 2021, 2:09 pm

I have one too but I've lost my note. I have a vague idea they are a form of drum, popular in Mexico and South America

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Post by benwilliams September 3rd 2021, 8:52 pm

Gosh it’s the same! I’m still thinking oil lamp as it looks glazed inside. But I did get some kind of sound out of it trying it like a drum. Or maybe a water filled drum ! So possibly Latin or South American. Thank you.
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Post by benwilliams August 18th 2022, 8:10 am

Very similar piece on 3 feet. Still not sure but maybe you’re right Naomi, about it being a drum tho’ I can’t get a big sound from it. A bit similar to udu clay drums.
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