Oil lamp

This lamp was described by its collector as ‘Greek of KNIDOS type, so probably found there, dating 4th-3rd. century B. C. Dark grey ware, 5.25 in. by 3.6 in. Spreading nozzle with curved end running to points; ridged handle; concave discus with central filling-hole, on each side a modelled comic mask (not moulded with the lamp), and below each mask a plain disc (NO.358 of the British Museum Lamp Catalogue has similar masks. See PL. IX) Bought for 4/- from West of Dawlish, Sept. 1935. Form 56’. It belonged to Lieutenant Colonel Montague whose collection of over 800 classical archaeological objects is an important resource in the museum collections.
Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Foreign archaeology
Common Name
oil lamp
Simple Name
Full Name
oil lamp depicting comic masks
Cultural Group
Period Classification
Hellenistic - 336-146 BC
Family Group

Collector / Excavator
Montague, LAD
Collection Continent

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