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Roman Oil Lamp - LK.325
Origin: Mediterranean
Circa: 100 AD to 400 AD
Dimensions: 3.07" (7.8cm) high x 2.32" (5.9cm) wide
Collection: Biblical Antiquities
Style: Roman
Medium: Terracotta

Location: Great Britain
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A lamp such as this might have lit homes during the reign of the great Roman Empire. A metaphor of joy and prosperity, for hope, for life itself, lamps have illuminated the path of civilization for centuries. They have guided great thoughts through the night, stood vigil with lonely passions. In the presence of this simple object, we are in touch directly with a vanished world, with the people once warmed by its glow. Today it remains as an enduring symbol of man's desire to conquer the darkness. This particular lamp's has an indistinct pattern, which makes it unique and mysterious. Perhaps it belonged to a traveling merchant? Or even a humble shopkeeper? - (LK.325)


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