Greek Oil Lamp


Greek Oil Lamp

An ancient Hellenistic Greek pottery oil lamp with an elongated nozzle, thumb plate, and incised geometric decoration.

Ca. 2nd - 1st century BC.
Length: 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm).

A full lamp of this type would burn for two or three hours.

cf.: D. M. Bailey, A Catalogue of Lamps in the British Museum, Vol. II, Roman Lamps Made in Italy, (London, 1980), no. Q540.

Formerly in the collection of Dr. Wallace A. Russell, Tampa, Florida, purchased in Cairo in 1970.

Inv#: 6865


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