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Terracotta lamp

Period:
Classical
Date:
5th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-glaze
Dimensions:
Overall: 7/8 x 3 1/8 x 4 5/16 in. (2.2 x 8 x 11 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of Dietrich von Bothmer, 1947
Accession Number:
47.129
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 154
In antiquity, most interior lighting was provided by oil lamps set on stands or suspended by chains or cords. Drinking parties, which were always held at night after dinner, would have been brightly lit by flickering flames. This simple type of lamp has a narrow handle that could be used to hang the lamp from a peg when it was not in use.
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