Lamp, earthenware, with solid handle and moulded Chi-Rho symbol
- Object Number: 1957.P.76
- Simple Name: lamp
- Full Name: roman lamp
- Production Place: Roman Empire
- Production Period:
- Summary: Lamp, earthenware, with solid handle and moulded Chi-Rho symbol. Evidence of burning around the nozzle. Roman, Early Christian period.
- Terms:101 Ceramic Highlights
- Additional Notes: Lamps were manufactured throughout the Empire and could have been transported over long distances. Most were made in moulds, producing a large number of standardised shapes and designs. Lamps were important sources of artificial light, but also a means to demonstrate the owner?s status, identity and beliefs. The number of lamps that could be used to light a building would have been a strong indicator of wealth and social class. As the Empire adopted Christianity, new symbols like the Chi-Rho appeared. These Christian lamps would have been some of the last to be imported into Roman Britain.
- Contact: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery