Lamp from Muse Bar, the home bar of Isaiah Muse

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Created by
Unidentified
Used by
Muse, Isaiah, American, 1919 - 2012
Medium
metal and plastic
Dimensions
H x W: 12 1/2 x 7 in. (31.8 x 17.8 cm)
Type
cocktail lounges
table lamps
Place used
South Shore, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
Date
1970s
Description
An electric lamp (.a) with the word "BAR" printed on the lamp shade (.b). The lamp shade is ball shaped, and is made from plastic treated to look like frosted glass. The word "BAR" is printed on the lamp shade in a font style that is evocative of the late 19th century. There is a circular opening at the top of the lamp shade. The style of the lamp body is evocative of oil lamps of the late 19th century, with a chrome-colored faux metal burner at center, where the lamp shade meets the stem. The brass lamp stem is hinged so that the lamp body can be angled. The chrome lamp base is flat and unadorned. The brown electrical cord extends from the rim of the base. The lamp is outfitted with a red light bulb.
Topic
African American
Domestic life
Nightlife
Segregation
United States--Social life and customs
Urban life
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Cassandra Fay Smith
Object number
2011.101.11ab
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Classification
Furnishings, Housewares, and Décor
Exhibition
A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 1, C1 053
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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