Byzantine Oil Lamp, 3.6 inch

Date: c. 300 - 600 CE
Middle East

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Item Description:

Measurements: 3.6 x 2.2 x 1.2 inches

This ancient oil lamp dates back to around the 4th to 6th century CE, and originates from the Byzantine controlled Middle East.

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.

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