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Greek Lamp

2nd century BCE-1st century BCE

1 3/16 x 2 3/16 x 1 3/8 in. (3 x 5.5 x 3.5 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: L.95
Geography: Europe, Greece
Classification: Furnishings and Furniture; Lighting Devices
Culture/Nationality: Greek
Collection: Lucy Shoe Meritt Collection
Findspot: According to Lucy Shoe Meritt: "Found on surface at Miletus, 1931."

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  • lamps - Lighting devices having a vessel to contain fuel used as a source of illumination, such as grease or oil. The term also refers to relatively small -- of a size to be placed on or beside a desk or table -- household or office lighting devices that incorporate a vessel of glass or some similar material that encloses the source of illumination, whether a candle, oil, gas-jet, or incandescent wire inside a light bulb. The lamp was invented at least as early as 70,000 BCE, originally consisting of a hollowed-out rock filled with moss or some other absorbent material that was soaked with animal fat and ignited. To refer to the glass bulbs used as a component of electric lamps, use "light bulbs."

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