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  • Description

    Bronze lamp with a deep bowl body and a long flat-topped voluted nozzle, with rosettes on the rear volute-spines. The rounded tip has a band of ovules below a beaded rim. The nozzle-top is decorated with an inlaid palmette, with some copper inlay remaining. The semicircular wick-hole has a re-entrant angle. The body of the lamp is decorated with palmettes and a lotus in relief. The sunken discus has plain mouldings and a seating for a lost lid. At the rear is a broad ring handle with hinge-pieces on top. Rising from the rear of the handle is a vulvate-leaf with a beaded ridge behind. The circular base-ring has internal `lathe-turned' mouldings.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1-79 (probably)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 15.2 centimetres
    • Width: 7.1 centimetres
    • Height: 9.1 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    1824.4-33.9 has been removed.

  • Bibliography

    • Lamp Q3614 bibliographic details
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    8 February 1996

    Reason for treatment

    Temporary Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Light clean to remove dust.


    Surface dirt, and some very small areas of corrosion. Inlay slightly obscured.

    Treatment details

    Cleaned manually using scalpel and pin vice. Silver inlay slightly cleaned usind Silvo silver and chrome (cotton wadding,white spirit,Newburgh chalk,china clay). Washed in warm water with a little Synperonic N (non ionic detergent,nonylphenol ethylene oxide condensate) added, applied suing a stiff bristle brush. Brushed suing bristle brush with a little Renaissance wax (cosmolloid 80H-microcrystalline wax,BASF hard wax "A"-polyethylene wax,white spirit) added.

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  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number



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