Provincial Factory Oil Lamps


replicas: hand-crafted from original lamps at

date of the original: 1st-3rd century AD

provenance of the original: S. France/N. Italy (Roman Gaul)

description: Two terracotta oil lamps.

Firmalampen (top)

Length 9.5 cm. This type of lamp, called a firmalampen, is a basic “factory” style mass produced in the Roman provinces. This undecorated example was produced in Gaul.

“Fortis” Firmalampen (bottom)

Length 9.75 cm. A firmalampen like the lamp above. This lamp was produced in Northern Italy. Factory lamps of this style often bore the maker’s mark FORTIS; this replica bears FIGVLI.