The Roman oil lamp as an everyday object
Oil lamps are a mass-produced part of everyday Roman life. Their mirror (upper side of an oil lamp) is decorated with different motives. The motifs include 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 ground is provided with the stamp of the manufacturer, then one speaks of a Firmalampe.
Zodiac - zodiac sign Sagittarius - Roman oil lamp
Our oil lamp Zodiac zodiac sign Sagittarius is made of a ceramic casting, the lamp is filled through the small hole above the lettering "Sagitari". In the middle of the oil lamp mirror the picture of a Centaurus is to be seen. At the long end of the lamp there is an opening for the wick. They could carry our oil lamp with the help of a coaster or by grasping the lamp at the front, opposite hollows with thumb and index finger. Terracotta look and the fine decorations at the edge and the zodiac sign Sagittarius give the lamp its special effect.
Zodiac zodiac sign oil lamp Sagittarius
- Material : Ceramic
- Colour: terracotta/black
- Dimensions: length: approx. 10.9 cm x width: approx. 7.7 cm
- in the middle the picture a Centaurus
- on the right side the filling hole for the oil, on the right side of this hole is an inscription : Sagitari ( Sagittari)
- this figure is composed of two lines that run in a circle
- at the very bottom is the large hole for the wick a smaller hole is above it for the air circulation
- at the bottom of the wick are two hollows (for thumb and index finger) for carrying the oil lamp
Oil lamp - important artificial light source
In certain regions, oil lamps were already used as an artificial light source around 8000 BC. In the beginning they were flat, open stone bowls with a small groove at the edge for the wick. These oil lamps were filled with animal fats. The wick consisted of plant fibres or fabric remnants. The first innovation, considered revolutionary, was the use of vegetable fuels (fat, tallow, oil, oil). The lamps could now be used covered and the fuel was protected from contamination. Oil lamps were used as night lamps in houses, taverns and brothels. When the wick starts to burn up, the fuel runs out and can be refilled immediately.
Unique lighting atmosphere
Oil lamps radiate their warm light evenly in dark rooms, mysteriously and naturally. Set up a room with the idyllic ambience of burning oil lamps together with your students. Trace this peaceful atmosphere together.
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