Oil lamp with Eros or water carrier motif.
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Cypriot
30 BCE-295 CE
H50mm x W78mm x D105mm
Maker's mark on base of lamp, however this is difficult to discern.
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.
Crookshank, Edgar March (b.1858, d.1928)