Oil Lamp, Roman, Hare motif

Production date
Circa 1st Century CE-Circa 2nd Century CE
Country
Italy
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Object detail

Description
First century style, mouldmade, with a round body and volutes at the triangular shaped nozzle. The central discus is demarked by three incised grooved circles, and features a hare feeding on some berries and foliage. The airhole beneath the body of the hare is clogged. Burnmarks at the nozzle show use.
Classification
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Roman lamp
Production date
Circa 1st Century CE-Circa 2nd Century CE
Measurements
H23mm x W67mm x D95 mm
Media/Materials description
Terracotta with pink/brown glaze
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.
Registration number
E40227

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