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Ancient oil lamp

Description: For thousands of years, artificial light has been used in homes, temples, and other places of importance. The first pottery lamps from Ancient Greece consisted of a small round-shaped pot with the wick draped over the side. It was soon discovered that forming a small spout at one end helped keep the wick in place. The wick, often made from flax, was immersed in the oil and supported in the spout of the lamp. The lamp was filled with olive oil or whatever oil was plentiful such as animal fat or vegetable oils. Many lamps had handles in order to carry them from room to room.
Collection: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Copyright: This file is licensed under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
Subjects: Greece -- Civilization -- To 146 B.C.
Ceramic lamps

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