Oil lamp, terracotta, maker unknown, North Africa, Roman period, 3rd century CE
North African ceramic oil lamp, mould made. The lamp is made from medium levigation clay, featuring tiny grey, red/brown stones and pink quartz, and is of crude construction, with the tip of the wick hole missing. The lamp features a typically high reservoir with floral patterns on the flat shoulder consisting of alternating six-petalled flowers and ivy leaves. There are two filler holes in the discus each side of a stylised bunch of grapes. The lamp features a low plain handle which joins a low flattened base ring. It is covered with a glossy slip and appears to have been heavily used, indicated by burn marks extending along the nozzle and front of the lamp.
Colours: from handle the fabric is ca 2.5YR6/8. Slip: ca 2.5 YR5/8 (Munsell colour system).
Catalogued: Kate da Costa, 1999; entered 3 August 2001.