The Platonic solids have been known since antiquity. Ornamented models of them can be found among the carved stone balls created by the late Neolithic people of Scotland at least 1000 years before Plato. Dice go back to the dawn of civilization with shapes that augured formal charting of Platonic solids. In Euclidean geometry, a Platonic solid is a regular, convex polyhedron. The faces are congruent, regular polygons, with the same number of faces meeting at each vertex. There are five Platonic solids; their names are derived from their numbers of faces, the Tetrahedron, Hexahedron, Octahedron, Dodecahedron & Icosahedron. Made from heavy card and layered in gesso, sanded to a fine bone like finish. The Scholar's Platonic Lamp is an elegant and accurate representation of the five primary geometric solids.
The platonic solids are fitted onto a handmade unfinished brass light fitting and bottom plate. Over time the brass, if left unpolished, will develop a mellow patina making the finish of the gesso all the richer.
The lamp is fitted with a bayonet light fitting and a brown silk flex. A 16” empire lampshade is recommended.Height: 55cm.Diameter: 10.5cm.
Handmade in London.