Late Ptolemaic ten-nozzled oil lamp - ROM2018_16917_145

ROM2018_16917_145

Late Ptolemaic ten-nozzled oil lamp

Medium:Mould-made earthenware, slip-painted
Geography: Made in al-Fayyūm, Egypt; from al-Fayyūm
Date: late 2nd or 1st century BC
Period: Hellenistic or early Roman period
Dimensions:
4.8 x 15.7 x 10 cm
Object number: 916.1.43
Credit Line: The Walter Massey Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Gallery of Greece
DescriptionThis lamp, made of 'Fayoum fabric' (drab brown clay with lime and fine gold mica or biotite inclusions) has a moulded leaf pattern on the handle and with multiple nozzles for wicks around the outside. On the base is the maker's signature. There are now has two filling holes in the flat middle of the lamp, but there may originally have been a third central hole which has been patched in clay of a slightly different colour. 
Collection:
Greek WorldEgypt
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