Ancient Roman Bronze Hook

£ 110.00

An interesting Ancient Roman bronze hook-and-spike, composed of a pointed body, a hole to the rounded end of the stem, and two hooks. The additional hook close to the end of the stem was probably used as an oil lamp-cleaning tool in Antiquity. Part of the original chain still attached.

Date: Circa 1st-3rd Century AD
Condition: Fine, complete and intact.


Product Code: RES-22
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Oil lamps were extremely popular household items that were used throughout many ancient civilizations and in Rome they found their apex in decoration. Extremely widespread, oil lamps had to be filled with oil and a wick in order to work and this type of tool would have enabled the user to get the burned bits of the wicks out of the lamp and to scrape off oily sediments.

To learn more about everyday bronze items in the Classical World, visit our relevant post: Everyday Items in the Classical World.

Dimensions L 13 cm

Southern Europe