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E40228 CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Roman lamp


Department

  • Cultures and Histories

Brief description

  • Oil lamp, mould made, of brown-orange colour with clear decoration. Gladiator motif. Good condition with no discolouration. The mould made lamp has volutes at the nozzle and is finished in a deep tan color with overglaze, round body and strong detail on the discus. The base is slightly concave and has a makers mark in the shape of an elongated "H".

Subject Notes

  • The need to extend daylight hours has always been with us. Before the advent of electricity, allowing a space to be illuminated with the simple flick of a switch, light was achieved by the use of a candle or a lamp. Artificial lighting via candles and lamps was widespread through the ancient world. Lamps were utilised in private and public buildings, in temples and sanctuaries, in street lighting and in ceremonies.

Details

  • Registration number: E40228
  • Classification: CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Roman lamp
  • Name or title: Lamp, oil, Gladiator motif
  • Production date: Circa 1st Century CE
  • History and use: The need to extend daylight hours has always been with us. Before the advent of electricity, allowing a space to be illuminated with the simple flick of a switch, light was achieved by the use of a candle or a lamp. Artificial lighting via candles and lamps was widespread through the ancient world. Lamps were utilised in private and public buildings, in temples and sanctuaries, in street lighting and in ceremonies.
  • Country: Italy

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