Roman Oil Lamp Flying Phallus / Fascinus
Roman Oil Lamp Flying Phallus / Fascinus
Roman Oil Lamp Flying Phallus / Fascinus
Roman Oil Lamp Flying Phallus / Fascinus

Roman Oil Lamp Flying Phallus / Fascinus

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Lamp Details

By gum did the Romans love a 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 was believed to bring good luck to those who embraced his phallic emblem.  The symbolic flying phallus on this lamp is based on many representation of this theme, found through out the Roman empire.  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 can be used 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.

Materials

Terracotta earthenware with a red slip finish

Dimensions

Approx 120mm long


Variations
The lamp is available in both white clay and red terracotta. Approx 120mm long

Production

The lamp is has been creates in a small pottery workshop in Northumberland, using the same techniques that would have been employed by the original Roman potter nearly two thousand years ago.

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.

DO NOT attempt to move or pick up you lamp whilst it is lit.

Ensure that there are no flammable materials above or near the lamp. 

DO NOT leave your lamp unattended whilst it is lit.

Keep the wick trimmed very short to ensure a clean, bright flame and to reduce the risk of fire.

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 use of this lamp.

Extinguish the lamp by snuffing it out with a metal spoon. 

 

Instructions

Before filling your lamp adjust the wick so that it does 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.  This can be done by gripping the wick with tweezers through the filler hole and gently turning them round, winding the wick back into the wick aperture.  This should not be done whilst the lamp is lit or the wick is still hot. 


Postage
All items are sent using a second class postal service, if you wish to have an item sent first class please contact my for a quote. Many Thanks