Roman Terracotta Oil Lamp, Holy Land Region, 5th-7th Century

Material: Clay, terracotta

Period: Late Roman Imperial

Date: 5th to 7th century AD

Origin: Roman occupied Judea and surrounding area

Condition: VF

Description: A moulded clay lamp with palm-leaf motif and sandy desert encrustations

Size and Weight: 83mm x 55mm, 77g

Features and Provenance: Light was integral for security, work, ceremony and travel, when the sun went down. Oil and animal fats were the only suitable resources for lamps and olive oil, in particular, was plentiful. A wick was coiled into the body of the lamp that had been filled, the wick soaked up the oil and the wick protruded through the side hole and was lit. Lamps were made by pressing clay into a mould and then fixing the two halves together. Early production line factories were developed to make lamps such was the demand

 

 

 

Condition Summary. This varies with the age of the artefact and there are grades between

Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear, all parts of pattern etc present, visible and clear

Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief, all parts of pattern etc present, but may be worn

Fine (F). Wear on the artefact and parts of item and pattern etc may be missing or not visible

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Product Code: 21111613
  • Availability: Sold
  • £110.00

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