Oil lamps out of burned clay in the Antiquity were very common as fountains of light. Because of the high burning temperature the oil lamps mostly are thick. To be on the safe side you can put it on an insensitive surface.
Roman oil lamp - chimera
This ancient and roman oil lamp with plastic chimera in the mirror is a copy of a discovery form the 1st century AD.
- length 8-10 cm
- width 6 cm
- including a cotton wick
Roman chimeras were mixed and fictive creatures, the according to the Romans faith were put together out of parts of two or more living things. Already in the case of the oldest sculptures, drawings and engravings of humanity not only images of animals and humans, but also anthropomorphic mixed creatures out of a combination of animal and human are found. In the archeological use of language mixed creatures like for example a griffin, manticore or dragon, but mostly are presented with animal bodies and human heads, just like the sphinx (human head, body of a lion), centaurs (human torso, horse body) or mermaids (woman's torso, fish's abdomen).
All of that turns the roman oil lamp out of clay into something that special but also simple at the same time. All of the oil lamps in the Roman Shop in the category Kitchen and Camp furthermore are fabricated in a traditional way out of two parts and burned very hot in kilns. The lamp with an image afterwards are glazed with an engine, a special clay slip, that lets shine ancient lamps marvellously red. For protection all oil lamps as well are glazed on the inside.
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