A lamp such as this might have lit homes during
the flower of the Classical age. A metaphor of joy
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 object,
we are in touch directly with a vanished world,
with the people once warmed by its glow. Today
it remains as an enduring symbol of man's desire
to conquer the darkness.
This Hellenistic oil lamp has an attenuated nozzle and lacks a
handle of any sort. Boasting a similarly sized wick hole and
filling hole, this lamp has balance and uniformity in design. It
would have once been adorned in splendid decorations which
are now hidden by aggregate and lost with time.