Roman Bronze Oil Lamp Filler

£ 95.00

A Roman bronze oil lamp filler with a hemispherical basin and one slender spout used to pour oil into a lamp. Three small lobe handles extend from the rim of the object at even intervals. On the reverse, a flat circular base allows the object to stand.

Date: Circa 3rd-4th Century AD.
Provenance: From a Surrey gentleman's collection (DG), purchased on the London Art market from an ADA member, formed 1990's onwards.
Condition: Very fine; shape of body and foot in good form; natural weathering and green patina.


Product Code: RES-169
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Ancient Roman oil lamps would usually have a tank, a pouring hole, a nozzle and a handle. With an oil lamp filler such as this one, the tank would be filled with oil through the pouring hole. A wick was inserted through the nozzle and would be ignited: like the wax of a candle, the oil would have served as a slow fuel for the flame. Oil lamps a main source of interior lighting in Ancient Rome.

To discover more about the ancient origins of oil lamps, visit our relevant post: Oil Lamps in Antiquity.

Dimensions L 6.5 x H 2.5 cm

Southern Europe



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