This oil lamp is made after an original from the 1st century AD. It is decorated with the depiction of Medusa. Medusa was the daughter of Phorcys and Ceto and is the most well-known of the three Gorgones. Lamps like this were mostly used between the 1st and 2nd century AD. Oil lamps were the main source of artificial light during the Roman Empire and afterwards. The were made in a large diversity.
Olive oil was originally used for fuel, but of course this oil lamp can also be burned with modern lamp oil. This oil lamp is fully hand made with two different moulds. It is afterwards baked in a temperature of 1200 °C. It is made from red clay, terra sigillata, and measures 11 x 8 cm. Delivered including wick.
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