A Selection of Late Roman Bronze Oil lamp Fillers

A selection of fine Late Ancient Roman oil lamp fillers cast in bronze. Both pieces feature a hemispherical body, a small handle and a spout used to pour oil into a lamp.

Date: 3rd – 4th Century AD
Condition: Very fine condition, minor repair to the body of item B.
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Ancient Roman oil lamps would usually have a tank, a pouring hole, a nozzle and a handle. Oil lamp fillers, such as these examples, would have been filled with oil and then poured into the oil lamp through the pouring hole. A wick was inserted through the nozzle and would be ignited, like the wax of a candle, the oil would have been a slow fuel for the flame. Finally, the handle protected the person, preventing them from getting burned. Oil lamps were at the time the main source of light, and their tradition continued during the Byzantine Period with slight changes in the decorations, handles, for example, would often take the form of rosettes.

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