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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