Greek Oil Lamp


Greek Oil Lamp

An ancient Hellenistic Greek pottery oil lamp with an elongated nozzle and worn thumb plate.

Ca. 2nd - 1st century BC.
Length: 3 1/8 in. (8 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 May 3, 1970 in Cairo from Khodary M. El Gabry, a licensed dealer.

Inv#: 6864


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