Oil Lamp, Roman, Erotic motif

Production date
1st Century CE
Country
Italy
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Object detail

Description
Oil lamp, with wide rim and decorative striations. The discus features a erotic motif of a male and female. There are two airholes, one in the middle of the discus and one centred under the figures. The lamp shows some evidence of brown discolouration, possibly unevenly glazed.
Classification
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Roman lamp
Production date
1st Century CE
Measurements
H46mm x W81mm x D108mm
Media/Materials description
pale red-buff coloured clay
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
E40232

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