Bronze oil lamp

Voorwerp: Kopie bronzen olielamp vroeg model.
Afmeting: Hoogte 10 x 6.5 cm.
Periode: Laat.

Above: One copy of a late bronze oillamp 15th century.

An oillamp is a simple vessel used to produce light continuously for a period of time from a fuel source. The history of oil lamps extends for about 10,000 years, from prehistory to as late as the 19th century, or even until now in some rural remote communities.

Olive oil lamps continued in wide use in countries around the Mediterranean Sea well into the 19th century with the lamps being mass produced out of metal (most commonly brass or bronze), but otherwise little changed in design from lamps of some 2,000 years earlier. In 1780 the Argand lamp was invented and quickly replaced the ancient form. It was, in turn, replaced by the kerosene lamp in about 1850. In small towns and rural areas these continued in use well into the 20th century The light given by an olive oil lamp is significantly brighter than a candle but significantly less than the Argand lamp or the kerosene or paraffin burning lamp.