Hellenistic Period Oil Lamp, 3.5 inch

Date: c. 323 - 31 BCE

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Item Description:

Measurements: 3.5 x 3.2 x 1.4 inches

This ancient Greco-Roman oil lamp dates back to the Hellenistic Period, an era between the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BCE to the rise of Augustus in Rome in 31 BCE. It's round shape suggests that it was crafted by hand on a pottery wheel, instead of made using a mold.

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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