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Accession_Number 2016.3.1
adlib_title Oil lamp
Shape Oil lamp
Shape_description Round body, convex shoulders and concave discus with a regular filling hole, roughly at the lower end of the discus; short round nozzle, leading convexly to the base, and round tip with ovoidal wick hole at centre. Vertical round handle, raising up at rear part of the shoulder.
Material Terracotta
Fabric Roman
Fabric_description Reddish clay
Munsell_color 10R5/8
Decoration Moulded ring around the discus; there is a moulded decoration of a corpulent bearded male figure (satyr), riding a goat, on the discus. The satyr is grasping the animal's horn with the right and the tail with the left hand. Scene is depicted in left side view. Three punched dots decorate the shoulder in the section of the nozzle. Incised ring around the base with Greek inscription at centre.
Inscriptions Inside the ring at the base of the lamp are incised two Greek capital letters: ΔΙ
Condition Some whitish-grey deposits on the lamp surface, especially around the handle section and on the sides of the lamp. The surface is also worn. Burnt patches on the nozzle.
Technique/Style Mould made
Provenance Unknown
Period Roman
Date First century A.D.
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Image
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Side view of a Roman oil lamp
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View of the base of a Roman oil lamp (detail of the inscribed letters)
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Top view of a Roman oil lamp (detail of the mould decoration)
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Comparanda D.M. Bailey, Greek and Roman Pottery Lamp, Oxford 1972, Pl. 7.
Bibliography D.M. Bailey, A Catalogue of Lamps in the British Museum, British Museum, 1975-96.
Archive_Ref
Beazley_DB
Height 2.5
Diameters 7
Handle_height 3
Other_dims. Lenght : 8.50; nozzle: 1.5; base: 4; filling hole: 0.5
Location Ure Museum
Edited_by Claudia Pinci; Julia
Date_edited 11.3.2016; 03.06.2016
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