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They were produced between the 3rd to 9th centuries AD.
Decorations include vine scrolls, palm wreaths, and Greek letters.
Initially made in factories in Northern Italy and Southern Gaul between the 1st and 3rd centuries AD, they were exported to all Roman provinces.
The vast majority were stamped on the bottom to identify the manufacturer.
Factory lamps: Also called Firmalampen (from German), these are universal in distribution and simple in appearance.
They have a channeled nozzle, plain discus, and 2 or 3 bumps on the shoulder.
Therefore, oil lamps of today are primarily used for the particular ambience they produce.
These in turn were replaced by the kerosene lamp in about 1850.
In some specific types of lamps, there is a groove on the superior aspect of the nozzle that runs along to the pouring hole to re-collect the oozing oil from the wick. Other handles can be crescent shaped, triangular, or semi-ovalular.
The handleless lamps usually have an elongated nozzle, and sometimes have a lug rising diagonally from the periphery.
An oil lamp is an object used to produce light continuously for a period of time using an oil-based fuel source.
The use of oil lamps began thousands of years ago and continues to this day, although not commonly anymore.
Also widely used were animals fats (butter, fish oil, shark liver, whale blubber, seals).