Oil Lamp, mould made, peacock and pomegranite motif

Production date
Circa 1 CE
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Object detail

Lamp, made in a plaster mould. Elongated oval body merging with flat-topped rounded nozzle. Low sloping sides, narrow rim and deep concave discus. Slghtly concave base defined by groove. Pierced knob handle. Single ended volutes on rim at junction with nozzle with impressed dots at one end. Ridge demarkating discus and rim. On rim, porrly defined band of impressed ovules. On discus, also poorly defined, peacock in profile right, perched on branch with two pomegranites at end. Fill-hole below branch. Pale buff clay with light brown slip. Unglazed. Knife pairing below shoulder and on nozzle. (Webb, Jennifer M., "Corpus of Cypriote Antiquities", Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology, Vol. XX: 16).
CH classification LIGHTING Kerosene & Oil oil lamp
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Cypriot
Production date
Circa 1 CE
Production place
L91mm x W55mm x D33mm
Media/Materials description
Pale buff clay with light brown slip. Unglazed.
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. This lamp was manufactured in Cyprus, using a mould taken from an imported original.
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