Roman oil lamp as an everyday item
Oil lamps as a mass product belong to Roman everyday life. Their mirror (top of an oil lamp) is decorated with various motifs. The motifs include, for example, portraits of gladiators, plants, fruits, professions, animals, signs of the zodiac, emperors and kings. Oil lamps are usually made of clay or ceramics by so-called lamp manufacturers. If the bottom is stamped with the manufacturer's mark, it is called a firma lamp.
Zodiac - Zodiac sign Gemini - Roman oil lamp
Our oil lamp Zodiac zodiac sign Gemini is made of a ceramic casting. The oil is filled through a small hole, which can be found next to the image of the Gemini on the right. In the so-called " nose" of the oil lamp there is a larger hole for the wick. Terracotta look, three fine lines on the edge and the zodiac sign of Gemini make this oil lamp look ancient.
Zodiac- zodiac oil lamp Gemini
Dimensions: length: about 11.2 cm x width: about 8.1 cm
at the outer edge running inward three lines circularly
in the middle a twin depicted
has an inscription in the side: Gemelo ( twin)
color : terracotta/ black
has a larger hole at the bottom for the wick and a smaller one above for air circulation
on the left side a smaller one for filling the oil
it can be carried between thumb and forefinger at the end of the "lamp nose" with the hollow provided for this purpose.
Oil lamp - the most important artificial source of light in antiquityIncertain regions, oil lamps were used as an artificial means of illumination as early as 8000 BC. In the early days, they were flat, open stone bowls with a small groove on the rim for the wick. These oil lamps were filled with animal fat. The wick was made of plant fibers or cloth scraps. The first innovation, which was considered revolutionary, was the use of vegetable fuels (fat, tallow, oil). The lamps could now be used covered and the fuel was protected from contamination. Oil lamps were used, among other things, as night lamps in houses, taverns and brothels. If the wick starts to burn, the fuel runs out and can be refilled immediately.
Unique luminous atmosphere
Oil lamps radiate their warm light evenly in dark rooms, mysterious and natural. Create a space with the idyllic ambience of burning oil lamps and feel that moment of mindfulness in this tranquil atmosphere.
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