Roman Oil Lamp Mediterranean to Holy Land Region 2nd-3rd Century AD

Material: Clay, terracotta

Period: Mid to late Roman Imperial

Date: 2nd to 3rd century AD

Origin: Mediterranean basin to Holy Land regions

Condition: VF+

Description: A moulded terracotta clay lamp depicting soldier standing restraining a rearing horse, military standard to left; with white, sandy desert encrustations, shoulders of lamp decorated with curvilinear pattern

Size and Weight: 97mm x 66mm x 30mm, 80g

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. Depictions of heroic acts, military themes, games and deities were common favourite motifs.  



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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