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Roman and Byzantine Oil Lamps    [ with thumbnail images ]

This page contains a few of our "Larger and rarer" oil lamps.  The more common and less expensive lamps are on the following pages.  All are guaranteed authentic.  We hope you find a bit of history here or anywhere within our site to treasure and call your own.

Roman Bronze Oil Lamp, ca AD 300-500
  width:    7.0 cm
  length: 13.5 cm
  height:   7.5 cm (to top of handle)
  chain length:  33 cm

This is a beautiful example of a bronze oil lamp from the late Roman empire.  Complete, with its original chain, this piece will make a fine addition to the most discriminating collection.  Please view the linked pictures to get a feeling for the presence of this piece.  Unlike terracotta lamps, bronze lamps were very expensive and only used by the well healed.  Oil lamps were used for centuries and were the primary means of lighting.

$795.00
$750.00

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Roman Bronze  Oil Lamp, ca AD 200-400
  width:    5.6 cm
  length: 10.9 cm
  height:   4.2 cm (to top of handle)

This lovely bronze oil lamp from the Roman empire. It is fully intact, including its support holes.  The patina is a darker green and has been carefully smoothed.  This lamp, like the previous specimen, was part of an upper class household.

$495.00

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Roman Oil Lamp, ca 1st - 2nd century AD
  width:    6.5 cm
  length: 10.2 cm
  height:   4.5 cm (to top of handle)

Gorgeous lamp from early Roman period.  Circles, leaves and hearts around the shoulder and a wonderful left facing bust which is probably the Empress in the center.  There is a minor scratch on the nozzle and a rub spot at the point of the handle.   An interesting feature of this lamp is a groove incorporated into the side of the lamp and the side of the nozzle.  They look like they may have been used in conjunction with a holder of some sort.  A great addition to any collection. These terracotta lamps were used for centuries and were the primary means of lighting.  Homes would have from just a few to hundreds.

$285.00
$265.00

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Roman Oil Lamp, ca 1st - 2nd century AD
  width:    5.6 cm
  length:   7.8 cm
  height:   2.7 cm

An excellent small terracotta lamp in fine Roman style.  This one sports an Alligator like early Roman coins celebrating the conquest of Egypt.  The dark red slip is almost fully intact and overall condition is superb.  An excellent piece to add to any fine collection.

$200.00

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Iron age Oil Lamp, BC 1200 - 500
  width:  11.2 cm (4 1/2 inches)
  length: 12.9 cm (5 1/16 inches)
  height:   5.0 cm to tallest point on lip

Simple eloquent lines on this lovely terracotta lamp.  Wheel made, thin walled, buff colored clay with pinched nozzle to form a spout.  Some minor chipping around lip but still an excellent large example of this early style.

$155.00

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Roman Oil Lamp, ca 1st - 2nd century AD
  width:    8.1 cm
  length: 13.3 cm
  height:   5.1 cm (to top of handle)

A goat motif highlights this large Roman lamp.  Devices are sharp and highlighted by dirt remaining from excavation.  Overall condition is excellent except for a small chip missing from the side of the handle. These terracotta lamps were used for centuries and were the primary means of lighting.

$285.00

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North African Oil Lamp, ca 1st - 3rd century AD
  width:    8.6 cm
  length: 13.6 cm
  height:   5.7 cm (to top of handle)

Formed from North African red clay, this large lamp is in excellent condition.  The stylized lion is centered and surrounded by a radiate pattern at the shoulder.  Another fine lamp for the new or seasoned "animal" collector.

$285.00

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North Africa Oil Lamp, ca 4th - 8th century AD
  width:    7.9 cm
  length: 11.5 cm
  height:   6.2 cm (to top of handle)

Here is your chance for a reasonably priced example of a North African oil lamp.  These lamps, distinguishable by their red clay, are usually double the price of this example.  This lamp, though fully intact, appears to have been the work of an apprentice lamp maker.  The design is not as intricate as is normal for these and the workmanship is definitely a bit crude.  Still, very old and in exceptional shape.  These terracotta lamps were used for centuries and were the primary means of lighting.  Homes would have from just a few to hundreds.

$140.00

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Ancient 4-wick style Lamp, pre- BC 500 or modern
  width:   10.5 cm
  length:  15.5 cm diagonally
  height:    4.5 cm (to top of lip)

An interesting piece which is probably a recently created replica of this classic 4-corner style.  Wheel turned with four corners pinched into spouts.  and carbon deposits visible on all.  Thick heavy clay with flattened base.  As per the description - THERE IS NO GUARANTEE OF ANCIENT AGE ON THIS PIECE.

$85.00

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