A lamp such as this might have lit homes
the flower of the Classical age. A metaphor of
and prosperity, for hope, for life itself, lamps
have illuminated the path of civilization for
centuries. They have guided great thoughts
through the night, stood vigil with lonely
passions. In the presence of this simple
we are in touch directly with a vanished world,
with the people once warmed by its glow.
it remains as an enduring symbol of man's
to conquer the darkness.
This particular oil lamp is wonderfully smooth
and rounded. As characteristic of Hellenistic
oil lamps, the nozzle, blackened with use, is