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Roman Oil Lamp

Title: Roman Oil Lamp
Site: Diana / Statio Cataractarum Diana
Location/Region: Kladovo
Chrolonology: 1 AD - 500
Museum: National Museum in Belgrade - Archeological Museum of Đerdap
Country: Serbia
Period: Roman Limes: Flavians-Trajan
Culture: Roman
Closer Dating: 2nd century
Material: Bronze or purified, fine clay
Dimensions: 22 x 9 x 5.8 x 5 cm
Production Technique: Pouring
Bibliography: Ј. (Rankov) Kondić (processing, cat. collection in the prepress); Ј. (Rankov) Kondić in: Archeological Museum of Đerdap (Belgrade, 1996), cat. No. А30; А. C. Kuzmanović - A. Jovanović, TEKIJA, Belgrade 2004, cat.1, 2.


These well preserved representative Early Roman oil lamps with characteristic, pear-shaped recipient and high curved handles usually end in the form of human or animal head (for example horse, as the one from Diana, or the bird from Transdierna). They appear by the end of 1st century AD in the places all over empire (the Flavian Period). The lamps were manufactured in the famous Italic ateliers.

Roman fortress with village Diana/Stacio Cataractarum Diana (Karataš – Novi Sip), Roman fortress with village Transdiema/Tekia: systematic archeological research and excavation, Đerdap I Project (Tekia, Prof. Dr. A.C. Kuzmanović) and Đerdap II Project (Diana, J. Rankov Kondić).