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CA10

Reference: CA10 / Cat. No.

Period: Roman

Origin: North West Europe

Date: 70 – 200 AD

Description:
Achtförmige open lamp. High foot-ring.

Fabric: Copper alloy.

Manufacture: Cast.

Size (cm): L. 16.0, W. 8.9, H. 2.9 (eh)

Condition: Handle-ornament reduced, wick-rest lip bent.

Notes:
Cf. BMC IV, Q3752 (found in Kent); Valkhof Museum, PDB.1988.7.ULP.1982.438.mh (found at Nijmegen); Verulamium Museum, 2003.335; Loeschcke, 1074-5; Menzel, 706.
The flat tabs either side of the body occur on a twin-nozzled example found at Aventicum.

Loeschcke Type XXVa.

Ex Robert Flourance Collection.


Comments:
It has been speculated that objects of this type may have served as holders for conventional closed lamps but the two are seldom found together and evidence suggests that, at least in most cases, these objects were themselves used as lamps on their own, perhaps employing animal fat as a fuel rather than oil.

The generic term 'Achtförmige' applied to this type of open-topped lamp refers to a figure-of-eight shape that is more pronounced in some examples than in others. The genre, apparently confined to Europe, was made in both metal and pottery. Characteristics include a large rounded body and large rounded wick-rest sharing the same flat floor, and more or less perpendicular sides that are usually of uniform height.



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Last edited: 01-04-2023

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