Collection: Macquarie University History Museum

Oil Lamp

Accession # MU4202
Culture Roman
Period Mid-High Empire
Date 1st - 2nd Century CE
Provenance Unknown
Material/s Ceramic
Collection Macquarie University History Museum
Source Macquarie University, MAC
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MU4202 is a Loeschcke Type IV Roman oil lamp. Oil lamps were used throughout the Roman Empire and were a popular source of artificial lighting. The object is made from clay, is mould-made and has had a light-brown slip applied to its surface. MU4202 has a round body and a small rounded nozzle with large wick hole that is flanked by shortened stylised volutes (spiral scrolls). The discus (central rounded section) depicts in raised relief a biga (two-horse chariot) facing right with a charioteer holding a whip over the horses’ backs. The horses’ legs are raised as they charge forth. There is a ground line upon which the chariot and horses are depicted and above this is a single filling hole. This central scene is then bordered by three concentric circles.

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Macquarie University History Museum (2020). Oil Lamp, MU4202. // (accessed on: 14 June 2020).

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