Lamps of Antiquity Photos

Early man devised lighting devises such as clay and bronze oil lamps plus tapir holders.

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Roman oil lamps at Kunsthistorisches Museum. Vienna, Austria.Roman era oil lamp at Historical Museum of City of Vienna. Vienna, Austria.Roman oil lamp with charioteer at Kunsthistorisches Museum. Vienna, Austria.Roman terracotta oil lamps with themes of Ulysses at Getty Museum Villa. Malibu, CA.
Roman oil lamps (1st-2nd C) at Kunsthistorisches Museum. Vienna, Austria.Roman era oil lamp at Historical Museum of City of Vienna. Vienna, Austria.Roman oil lamp with charioteer (1st-2nd C) at Kunsthistorisches Museum. Vienna, Austria.Roman terracotta oil lamps with themes of Ulysses (1-100 CE) at Getty Museum Villa. Malibu, CA.
Terracotta lamp in shape of sandaled feet at University of Missouri Museum of Art & Archaeology. Columbia, MO.Oil lamp from Judea at Jewish Museum of Florida. Miami Beach, FL.Stoneware oil lamp from Korea at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.Roman bronze lamp with horse's head handle at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.
Terracotta lamp in shape of sandaled feet (1st C CE) at University of Missouri Museum of Art & Archaeology. Columbia, MO.Oil lamp from Judea (c200 CE) at Jewish Museum of Florida. Miami Beach, FL.Stoneware oil lamp (c400-600) from Korea at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.Roman bronze lamp with horse's head handle (1st C AD) at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.
Roman bronze lamp is shape of comic actor at Getty Museum Villa. Malibu, CA.Roman bronze lamp at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Italian bronze lamp at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Byzantium bronze lamp with Griffin-head handle at Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland, OH.
Roman bronze lamp is shape of comic actor (75-125 CE) at Getty Museum Villa. Malibu, CA.Roman bronze lamp (1st-2nd C) at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Italian bronze lamp (300s) at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Byzantium bronze lamp with Griffin-head handle (300-400s) at Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland, OH.
Egyptian bronze lamp at Carnegie Museum of Art. Pittsburgh, PA.Iberian iron oil lamp supported by cows at Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya. Barcelona, Spain.Chinese glazed earthenware oil lamp at Carnegie Museum of Art. Pittsburgh, PA.Inuit soapstone oil lamp at Vancouver Maritime Museum. Vancouver, BC.
Egyptian bronze lamp (5th C) at Carnegie Museum of Art. Pittsburgh, PA.Iberian iron oil lamp supported by cows at Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya. Barcelona, Spain.Chinese glazed earthenware oil lamp (618-907 - Tang Dynasty) at Carnegie Museum of Art. Pittsburgh, PA.Inuit soapstone oil lamp (Kudluk) at Vancouver Maritime Museum. Vancouver, BC.
Corncob & wax wick candle served settlers in time of shortage at Museum of Mississippi History. Jackson, MS.Cruise lamp brought over on Mayflower by Edward Doty at Mayflower Society House. Plymouth, MA.Three-wick gimballed ship's lantern excavated from La Belle Shipwreck at Bullock Texas State History Museum. Austin, TX.Young Abe reading by firelight at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. Springfield, IL.
Corncob & wax wick candle served settlers in time of shortage at Museum of Mississippi History. Jackson, MS.Cruise lamp brought over on Mayflower (1620) by Edward Doty at Mayflower Society House. Plymouth, MA.Three-wick gimballed ship's lantern (c1684) excavated from La Belle Shipwreck (lent: TX Historical Commission) at Bullock Texas State History Museum. Austin, TX.Young Abe reading by firelight at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. Springfield, IL.
Early American lamp collection at Tudor Place. Washington, DC.Betty lamp an early type of oil lamp for fish oils at Henry Whitfield State Museum. Guilford, CT.Hanging Betty oil lamp in The Oldest House. St Augustine, FL.Hanging Betty & fat burning lamps at Jabez Howland House. Plymouth, MA.
Early American lamp collection at Tudor Place. Washington, DC.Betty lamp (17th C) an early type of oil lamp for fish oils at Henry Whitfield State Museum. Guilford, CT.Hanging Betty oil lamp in The Oldest House. St Augustine, FL.Hanging Betty & fat burning lamps at Jabez Howland House. Plymouth, MA.
Betty oil lamp at Edison Birthplace Museum. Milan, OH.Candle holder, bed warmer & wooded shoes in Old French House. Vincennes, IN.Taper holder at Hoxie House. Sandwich, MA.Oil lamp with shade at Spanish Governor's Palace. San Antonio, TX.
Betty oil lamp at Edison Birthplace Museum. Milan, OH.Candle holder, bed warmer & wooded shoes in Old French House. Vincennes, IN.Taper holder at Hoxie House. Sandwich, MA.Oil lamp with shade at Spanish Governor's Palace. San Antonio, TX.
Antique oil lamps at Spanish Governor's Palace. San Antonio, TX.Ceramic footed cup with tapers at Kellum-Noble House at Sam Houston Park. Houston, TX.Victorian painted red glass taper vase at Woodrow Wilson Birthplace. Staunton, VA.
Antique oil lamps at Spanish Governor's Palace. San Antonio, TX.Ceramic footed cup with tapers at Kellum-Noble House at Sam Houston Park. Houston, TX.Victorian painted red glass taper vase at Woodrow Wilson Birthplace. Staunton, VA.

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