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E40229 CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Roman lamp


Department

  • Cultures and Histories

Brief description

  • Large mould made lamp with three concentric grooves on rounded shoulders. Fully armed, helmeted gladiator on the discus holds a spear in his right hand. The lamp has two airholes, one on each side of the figure and a large wick hole in the rounded nozzle. CRO-CEI is on the base, inscribed before firing in a kiln, as a makers mark. Crocei in Latin should mean 'of Croceus' or 'of the Yellow/Saffron-coloured' (place or person).

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: E40229
  • Classification: CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Roman lamp
  • Name or title: Lamp, oil, mould made, Mars motif, from the workshop of Crocei
  • Production date: 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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