Egyptian Oil Lamp

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Tom Pierce
published on 18 July 2018
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This is a terracotta oil lamp with orange clay and dull orange slip. It features a hollow handle in the form of a gorgon's head. This is a decorative example of the type of oil lamp that was used to light one’s home. 2nd century CE.
Provided as part of the Traveling Classroom History Exhibit by the History in Your Hands Foundation.

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Tom Pierce
Tom is a nonprofit professional living and working in Chicago. His passion for Ancient cultures and their impact on the world inspired his role at the History in Your Hands Foundation, where he focuses on the betterment of historical education.

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Pierce, T. (2018, July 18). Egyptian Oil Lamp. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Pierce, Tom. "Egyptian Oil Lamp." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified July 18, 2018.

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Pierce, Tom. "Egyptian Oil Lamp." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 18 Jul 2018. Web. 04 Aug 2021.