ROMAN LEVANTINE LAMP
Measurements: length - 8.8 cm, width - 6.4 cm
Description: A Roman red-fired terracotta oil lamp with a relief of leaves and berries encircling the discus. It features a protruding handle.
Artificial light was common throughout the Roman Empire, and pottery oil lamps offered an alternative to candle light. Candles, made from beeswax or tallow, were cheaper to buy but do not survive as well. Pottery lamps functioned by adding oil through the central hole, and burning a wick placed into the nozzle area. Wicks were commonly made from pieces of linen, but could also be made from flax or papyrus.
Provenance: From an important 1970's collection of lamps found at Tyre in southern Lebanon.
Period: 1st century AD
Condition: Very fine.
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