Roman Oil Lamp with Seated Male Warrior Wearing Headdress

Rotating image of the roman oil lamp

Rome, 2nd-3rd century CE
Terracotta
4 1/4" in length
Gift of Harvey and Deborah Breverman, 2013.HB.6

Lamps such as this one were frequently created using detailed molds of clay, plaster, or a soft stone such as limestone. Oil would have been refilled through the hole on the top, and the wick would have been held up by the spout.


Additional Images

Close up of the maker's mark Close up of the top of the lamp

Close up of the Maker's mark

Close up of the top of the lamp