Lamps of Antiquity Photos

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

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Greek & Roman oil lamps at Antikensammlungen. Munich, Germany.Roman-era ceramic oil lamps with molded decorative scenes mostly found in Rhone River at Arles Antiquities Museum. Arles, France.Roman terracotta oil lamps with gladiator scenes at Gallo Roman Museum. Lyon, France.Collection of Roman oil lamps at Louvre Museum. Paris, France.
Greek & Roman oil lamps (5thC BCE-3rdC CE) at Antikensammlungen. Munich, Germany.Roman-era ceramic oil lamps with molded decorative scenes (c1stC) mostly found in Rhone River at Arles Antiquities Museum. Arles, France.Roman terracotta oil lamps with gladiator scenes at Gallo Roman Museum. Lyon, France.Collection of Roman oil lamps at Louvre Museum. Paris, France.
Collection of Roman oil lamps at Louvre Museum. Paris, France.Roman ceramic oil lamps at Trier Archaeological Museum. Trier, Germany.Roman oil lamp with dolphin symbol of sea god at Antikensammlungen. Munich, Germany.Roman oil lamps at Kunsthistorisches Museum. Vienna, Austria.
Collection of Roman oil lamps at Louvre Museum. Paris, France.Roman ceramic oil lamps (1stC) at Trier Archaeological Museum. Trier, Germany.Roman oil lamp with dolphin symbol of sea god (1st-2ndC CE) at Antikensammlungen. Munich, Germany.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 at Kunsthistorisches Museum. Vienna, Austria.Roman terracotta oil lamps at Memorial Art Gallery. Rochester, NY.Roman terracotta oil lamps with themes of Ulysses at Getty Museum Villa. Malibu, CA.
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 (100-300 CE) at Memorial Art Gallery. Rochester, NY.Roman terracotta oil lamps with themes of Ulysses (1-100 CE) at Getty Museum Villa. Malibu, CA.
Roman terracotta oil lamp with theater mask of satyr at Musée de la Romanité. Nimes, France.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.Clay oil lamps on stand shaped like woman at Pergamon Museum. Berlin, Germany.
Roman terracotta oil lamp with theater mask of satyr (1st-2nd C) at Musée de la Romanité. Nimes, France.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.Clay oil lamps on stand shaped like woman (c1stC) at Pergamon Museum. Berlin, Germany.
Roman-era ceramic hanging oil lamp with 20 spouts mostly found in Rhone River at Arles Antiquities Museum. Arles, France.Collection of Roman ceramic & bronze oil lamps at Musée de la Romanité. Nimes, France.Bronze oil lamp at Musée de la Romanité. Nimes, France.Roman bronze lamp with horse's head handle at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.
Roman-era ceramic hanging oil lamp with 20 spouts (c1stC-2ndC) mostly found in Rhone River at Arles Antiquities Museum. Arles, France.Collection of Roman ceramic & bronze oil lamps (2nd C BCE - 3rd C CE) at Musée de la Romanité. Nimes, France.Bronze oil lamp (2nd half 1st C CE) at Musée de la Romanité. Nimes, France.Roman bronze lamp with horse's head handle (1st C CE) 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.Lamps used in shrines at Hamburg History Museum. Hamburg, Germany.
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.Lamps used in shrines (18th-19thC) at Hamburg History Museum. Hamburg, Germany.
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.Stoneware oil lamp from Korea at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.
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.Stoneware oil lamp (c400-600) from Korea at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Victorian painted red glass taper vase at Woodrow Wilson Birthplace. Staunton, VA.


Victorian painted red glass taper vase at Woodrow Wilson Birthplace. Staunton, VA.



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