Oil lamps in antiquity were made from a variety of materials, including gold, silver, lead, bronze, and ceramic. As is testified by our own collection, however, the latter two materials account for the vast majority of lamps to survive today.
Roman Bronze Oil Lamp
A small ancient Roman oil lamp in bronze. The lamp features a flat, undecorated top; relatively long spout; and a ring handle at the back, decorated with a leaf-like protrusion to help the forefinger counter-balance the weight of the lamp. The body has two small side protrusions, and the whole stands on a small ring foot.
Provenance: From the collection of Arno Jumpertz, Leverkusen, Germany, 1924-1984. Much of the collection was exhibited at Neus museum, 1985.
Condition: Very Fine condition, complete and intact with a dark patina. Mounted on a purpose-made metal display stand.