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.
Roman oil lamp with scorpion zodiac
The symbolic meaning of light in ancient times
Nowadays, people have come to take the continuous free availability of light at any time of day or night for granted, in contrast to ancient times, when the daily rhythm of life was entirely based on the hours of sunlight. In order to prolong the duration of light time artificially, people relied on these small luminous clay bodies. Yet their light did not only have a practical value, since it also possessed profound symbolic meaning. Among others, the light of the oil lamps would be used as a means of preventing disaster.
- material: ceramic
- colour: terracotta/black
- dimensions: length approximately 11,5 cm x breadth approximately 6,4 cm
- features the image of a scorpion in the centre
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