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2011.3803
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Description

Circular patterned oil lamp, pale terracotta coloured with circular patterns all over. Design depitcting two figures on top with circular surround pattern.

Inscription

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Notes

Used for lighting and for warming styli to erase writings on wax tablets. A taper would be placed in the spout of the lamp and lighted. The wide flat end of the stylus would be held in the flame and, before the entire stylus became too hot to touch, this flat end would be used to smooth over markings in the wax, thus either erasing individual errors or wiping the entire tablet clean.
- Alan Cole. Discus with theatre group. Inscribed letters on side; DAMA...(?)

PRIVATE COLLECTION ALAN E. COLE.

Language

Latin

Associated Parties

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Place of Creation

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Creator

Date Created

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Collection

Roman

Series

Antiquities

Object Type

Oil lamp

Category

Oil lamp

Materials

earthenware

Dimensions

w: 78, h: 135, d: 46