Roman oil lamp as an everyday occurrence
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 Zwilling - Roman oil lamp
Our oil lamp Zodiac zodiac sign Zwilling is made of a ceramic casting. The oil is filled through a small hole which can be found next to the picture of the twin 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 at the edge and the zodiac sign of the twin make this oil lamp look ancient.
Zodiac- zodiac sign oil lamp Zwilling
- Dimensions: length: approx. 11.2 cm x width: approx. 8.1 cm
- Material: Ceramic
- three circular lines running inwards along the outer edge
- in the middle a twin shown
- has an inscription on the side: Gemelo ( Gemini)
- Colour : Terracotta/ black
- has a bigger hole at the bottom for the wick and a smaller hole at the top for the air circulation
- on the left side a smaller one for filling the oil
- you can wear them between thumb and index finger at the end of the "Lamps Nose" with the provided trough for it
Oil lamp - the most important artificial light source of antiquity
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. Create a room with the idyllic ambience of burning oil lamps and feel this moment of attentiveness in this peaceful atmosphere.
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