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.
An everyday object: the Roman oil lamp
Oil lamps are mass produced and part of the daily life in Rome. Their mirror (on the upper part of an oil lamp) is embellished with different motifs. For instance, some of the central themes are portraits of gladiators, of emperors and kings, pictures of flora and of fruit, images of professions, of animals and zodiac star signs.
Oil lamps are mainly made of ceramic or clay by the oil lamp manufacturing industry. If an oil lamp comes with a seal on the bottom, this means that it has been produced by a particular company.
- material: ceramic, in terracotta and black colours
- product dimensions: length approximately 10,2 cm x breadth approximately 7,2 cm
- Mirror motif: image of Taurus, bearing the inscription Taurus in the centre while the outer edge is ornamented with patterns of grapevines and leaves.
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