By gum, did the Romans love phallic symbols! They wore them as jewellery, put them on pots and drew them on anything they could get their hands on. And it was all in honour of the deity Fascinus, who the Roman's believed brought good luck to those who embraced his phallic emblem. We based the symbolic flying phallus on this lamp on the many representations of this theme throughout the Roman empire, including lights, jewellery, graffiti and much more. May it bring you good luck.
This type of lamp would have shone out through the dark winter nights across this far northern outpost of the Roman Empire, providing a warming glow in houses, temples, military camps, milecastles and turrets along the length of Hadrian's Wall. The lamp is a fully functional replica that you can use to burn olive oil, just as the original would have done. Before attempting to use your lamp, you must read the operating and safety instructions.
We have made each lamp using a process that replicas that of the original Roman potters. Every lamp is carefully hand-pressed into a specially made lamp mould, where it is left to dry until it is solid enough to remove. It is then trimmed of excess clay and hand-finished before the wick, and filling holes are cut. Finally, each lamp is individually hand-dipped in a red slip finish before it is fired.
Terracotta earthenware with a red slip finish or white earthenware
Approx 120mm long
The lamp is available in both white clay and red terracotta. Approx 120mm long
Health and Safety
Before attempting to use your lamp, you must read the operating and safety instructions.
Burn ONLY OLIVE OIL in your lamp.
DO NOT use modern lamp oil or other flammable liquids.
Place the lamp on a stable, non-absorbent and non-flammable surface, far from any sources of heat.
Always snuff out the flame, never blow it out. Never use water to extinguish the flame.
Please DO NOT attempt to move or pick up your lamp whilst it is lit.
Ensure that there are no flammable materials above or near the lamp.
Please DO NOT leave your lamp unattended whilst it is lit.
Keep the wick trimmed very short to ensure a clean, bright flame and reduce fire risk.
This lamp is not a toy; KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
Use of this lamp is at your own risk; we can not take responsibility for accidents or injury caused by this lamp's use.
Extinguish the lamp by snuffing it out with a metal spoon.
Before filling your lamp, adjust the wick to not protrude above the edge of the wick aperture.
Fill the lamp with olive oil through the filler hole in the centre (allow the wick to soak for 1 hour before lighting for the first time).
Light the lamp. If the flame produces smoke, shorten the wick. You can do this by gripping the wick with tweezers through the filler hole and gently turning them round, rewinding the wick into the wick aperture. You should not do this whilst the lamp is lit, or the wick is still hot.
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