Oil lamp

This oil lamp has three receptacles in the shape of lion heads. The wicks are threaded through the oil receptacle which terminates with an owl finial. A long metal rod extends from the reservoir bowl to the square base supported by four feet. The base is decorated with swan-like birds. Tools including a hook and a snuffer are attached to the lamp with metal chains. This type of lamp could be fuelled by olive or vegetable oil. It was used throughout Europe, but was particularly popular in Italian city states.
Currently not on view
Object Name
oil lamp
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 32.3 cm x 11.5 cm x 10.5 cm; 12 11/16 in x 4 1/2 in x 4 1/8 in
ID Number
accession number
collector/donor number
SAP 1046
catalog number
European Apothecary
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Related Publication
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

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