Ancient Greek Corinthian Terracotta Oil Lamp


An ancient Greek, Corinthian style, oil lamp featuring a rounded body and short nozzle. The body features slightly inverted shoulders leading into a biconvex shallow basin which rises into an open socket through the bottom. The small protruding nozzle features a large and dominating wick-hole. The base is flat with a central cavity corresponding to the socket. Some simple decorative glazing to shoulders in the form of concentric rings. Otherwise the lamp remains plain.

Date: Circa 5th century BC
Provenance: From a private Preston, Lancashire collection, RB, who amassed a collection of over 200 lamps, the majority acquired via a London A.D.A member gallery.
Condition: Fine. Some chipping to the nozzle and filling hole rim. Some encrustation to the shoulders. Chip to the base.


SKU: AH-955 Category: Tag:

This oil lamp can be characterised generally as Howland type 22, a variant type made of Corinthian clay, as apposed to Attic clay. It differs from its Athenian counterpart as the clay was generally left unglazed, apart from some linear decoration to the shoulders. In comparison, Attic lamps of this type are generally glazed in black pigment. This particular lamp was wheel-made.

Weight 107.3 g
Dimensions L 9.5 x W 7.8 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


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