Ancient Terracotta Oil Lamps

A precursor to the transformative lightbulb, oil lamps were used across the Holy Land, Greek World, Ancient Rome and Byzantium. Early antique oil lamps were undecorated and served a singular practical function. As tastes developed and skills of craftsmanship advanced, however, oil lamps provided another medium for artistic expression. Scenes from Roman and Greek mythology and Christian Byzantine symbols all featured as popular decoration on these ancient lamps.


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