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Greek Lamp

5th century BCE - 4th century BCE

1 in. x 2 3/8 in. x 3 1/4 in. (2.5 cm x 6 cm x 8.2 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: L.99
Geography: Europe, Greece
Classification: Furnishings and Furniture; Lighting Devices
Culture/Nationality: Greek
Collection: Lucy Shoe Meritt Collection

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  • Ancient Greek - Refers to the culture and styles of ancient Greece, generally excluding modern and prehistoric periods, but including periods between around 900 BCE to around 31 BCE. For the culture of Greece in general, including modern Greece, see "Greek."
  • 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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