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Roman Terracotta Oil Lamp

Roman Terracotta Oil Lamp

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The Later Roman Empire, c. 400 AD.

Magnificent, mold-made terracotta oil lamp featuring a plain discuss and rounded nozzle. The large, circular body leads to a short, rounded nozzle, with a concave undecorated discuss to the centre. The flattened shoulders and small-sized filling hole (discus). There is a prominent lug handle to the rear.

Small-sized earthenware oil lamps, made from double molds, were used in temples, churches, synagogues, and mosques but were also one of the most essential household appliances in antiquity. A wick produced from plant fiber or linen fabric was placed in a reservoir filled with oil, generally castor or sesame oil, and illuminated. 

Good condition. Age-related wear with light deposits. Small hole near filling hole. Traces of slip paint. Nozzle had even traces of soot. Gorgeous patina. Size approx. 11,5cm x 8,5cm x 4,4cm.

Provenance: Danish private collection.

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