Wheel-made lamps were crafted from the use of the old pottery wheel. The Hellenistic period brought forth the transition from wheel-made lamps to mould-made lamps, and from open top to closed lamps featuring a filling hole. The elongated nozzle with a flat top was a classic feature of Hellenistic Period lamps. This particular example is noted as imitation of attic ware, a piece influenced outside the Hellenistic period.
Greek Hellenistic Oil Lamp
An ancient Greek pottery oil lamp from the Hellenistic Period. Produced via a pottery wheel, this terracotta lamp was covered entirely with a black slip. The object features a rounded body which tapers into an applied, rounded nozzle. The lamps features a large central filling hole, decorated with an incised circle. The sides are convexly curved and the shoulder slopes inwards towards the filling hole. The base features a raised ring base, deeply concave. Some earthly encrustation and wear upon the surface.
Condition: Fine. Some loss of glaze and natural abrasions. Soot marks to the nozzle.