Oil lamps Warning
The lamp must be kept out of the reach of children when it is ready for operation, burning and extinguished. In the past, several deaths and serious lung injuries have been recorded nationwide in children who have drunk lamp oil or sucked on the wicks. Synthetic lamp oils, which are commercially available, cause severe to fatal poisoning of the lungs when inhaled, which can easily happen if swallowed or spat out, even in the smallest quantities. As there is no possibility to produce a child safety lock according to DIN 14059 for historical lamps, we would like to point out to our customers that they have to be supervised. The following oils have been tested and found suitable: sunflower oil, olive oil, nut oil and rapeseed oil.
The God of the Sun brings you light!
Who would fit better on an oil lamp then the God of light himself? In the ancient believe system Helios was responsible for the sun to raise in the morning and set in the evening. Hence, he was in charge of providing the people with light. Therefore, it only seems natural to put his likeness on an oil lamp! It seems that some potters in ancient Spain had the same idea... the object at hand is modeled after a real archaeological find made in Spain, near Madeira. But there also exist many more oil lamps depicting Helios as decoration.
One could find lamps like this all over the Mediterranean. Nearly every person owned one and they served as the primary means of lighting the house at night for sheer millenia! Even today they're still used by some remote communities.
If you too want to experience what it meant to light your home in antiquity, then this is the lamp for you!
Facts about the Helios Lamp
- Length: 12 cm
- Width: 7 cm
- Weight 220 grams
- Modeled after an archaeological find in Madeira / Spain
- Comes with spare wicks
- Is ready to use (only to be used with vegetable oils!)
- Style: Loeschcke Typus IV, terra sigillata
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