Romano Egyptian Oil Lamp


A terracotta mould-made, Romano – Egyptian oil lamp with an  ovoid, carinated body. A central plain filling hole dominates the centre of the piece, flanked by two volutes, one to either side. A rounded tongue border marks the shoulders of the lamp. The reverse is decorated with two incised circles with a maker’s mark consisting of a incised triangle. Some traces of soot deposits can be seen upon the nozzle.

Date: 2nd - 3rd Century AD
Condition: Fine Condition. Some soot traces to the nozzle.


SKU: SA-77 Category: Tag:

The Roman oil lamp, originally called a ‘lychnus’, from the Greek ‘λυχνος’, has been almost unparalleled in its distribution throughout the Empire. First developed towards the end of the Hellenistic period, oil lamps were to keep their general shape longer than any other item of pottery throughout the Mediterranean. The vast trade networks set with the expansion of the Roman Empire allowed this item to be spread across Europe, Eastern Asia and Northern Africa.


Weight 52.4 g
Dimensions L 7.6 x W 6 cm


Pottery and Porcelain


Reference: For Similar: The Metropolitan Museum, Item 24172

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