Oil Lamp

Description (Brief)
This oil lamp has three receptacles. It's long stem extends down to a raised round base with three swan-like birds. An owl finial is perched atop the reservoir. Olive oil or vegetable oil could be used to fuel this type of lamp. Tools attached to chains were used for trimming and snuffing out the wicks.
Currently not on view
Object Name
oil lamp
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
overall: 15.7 cm x 14.5 cm; 6 3/16 in x 5 11/16 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
European Apothecary
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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