Olive oil was poured into the hollow interior and acted as fuel for the wick, which was held in place by the projecting nozzle. The lamps in this catalogue were all thrown on the wheel. It wasn’t until c.300BC that lamps were being produced from moulds, en masse; a far less time consuming process.
ProvenanceEmil Maansson, Sweden (1896-1977); acquired mid-20th century
LiteratureCompare Don M. Bailey, A Catalogue of the Lamps in the British Museum, I: Greek, Hellenistic and Early Roman Pottery Lamps (London, 1975), pl.12, Q64
Also see Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Musée d'Eivisaa, pl.17, no.2