Byzantine Oil Lamp, 5th Century

Date: c. 400 - 500 CE
Byzantine Empire

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Item Description:

Measurements: 3.2 x 2.3 x 1.8 inches

This ancient oil lamp dates back to around the 5th century CE, during the time of the Byzantine Empire, and was recovered in the Middle East according to provenance papers.

Lamps like these were household items in ancient times, and were mass produced by craftsman with reusable molds. Similar to coins, they are relatively common finds today as a result. People used these lamps by pouring oil into the large fill hole on top, sticking a cloth wick through the spout, and lighting the end of the wick. The lamp would then provide light until the wick used up all the oil inside.

This is part of a group of lamps that were previously part of a collector's estate in Vero Beach, Florida, and has been acquired by History Hoard at auction. The lamps had been in the Unites States for at least two to three decades prior.

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