Glazed a soft grey/green, this rustic pottery Chinese oil lamp has charm and appeal that outlive its humble origin. It provided a simple light source. We have not seen one of these in use and originally thought the oil and wick were put into the shallow bowl on top. A visitor to this web site tells us that was not the case. The oil and wick, he said, were put into a small saucer that was set on top of the shallow bowl. This piece makes no pretense beyond its original utilitarian intent--the pottery is unrefined and the glaze has firing flaws. It is an incidental reminder of provincial China the way it was not so long ago and, indeed, may still remain in some remote regions. The lamp, probably produced in the late 19th or early 20th century, has a small chip on the bowl, otherwise is in good condition. Dimensions: height 8" (20 cm), diameter 6" (15 cm).