Oil lamp, ceramic, maker unknown, London, England, 1st-2nd century CE
Miniature ceramic factory oil lamp, of Roman-British origin. The oil lamp is made from medium coarse levigation with small stones and has a round body with small asymmetrically placed lugs on the right and left sides. It features a high raised ring around a flat, plain discus with a central filling hole, and a high plain loop handle. The lamp also features a straight nozzle with a central groove and circular wick hole. The base of the lamp has a potter's mark in relief that is illegible. The entire lamp is covered in a thick glossy slip. The nozzle and left side of the lamp are discoloured from use.
NB: Colour from handle base according to Munsell colour system: around 5YR4/4-6
Potter's mark on base, in relief, four to five thick blurred letters with a short vertical dash above centre name, obscured by physical numbering.
Previous museum numbering on side of lamp, printed in black ink '1933.114'.