Roman lamps were very simple devices consisting of an oil chamber and a projecting nozzle. Olive oil, the fuel most often used, was introduced through a filling-hole in the top of the chamber and a wick, normally of linen, was inserted into a wick-hole pierced in the nozzle. Similar lamps from 3rd and 4th century Rome are in the Getty Villa collection.
Directions for use: To fill the lamp, pour olive oil through the hole in the well of the lamp. Allow the wick to soak up oil for a few minutes before lighting. Stand the lamp in a saucer or on a small plate to avoid staining.
- Made of terracotta - 4 inches x 2.75 inches - Item #: R91100
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