Roman Oil Lamps, White Bull
Roman Oil Lamps, White Bull
Roman Oil Lamps, White Bull
Roman Oil Lamps, White Bull
Roman Oil Lamps, White Bull

Roman Oil Lamps, White Bull

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Lamp Details

White cattle were considered to be of great value and importance to the Greeks and Romans, and feature in several of their myths. Therefor it is little surprised that these highly prized creatures would be used as inspiration for this high statue ceramic lamp.  

Apollo had one of his sacred white cattle caught and sacrificed by the new born Hermes, who then used the cows guts to make the first lyre as a gift for, and apology to, Apollo.  Thus adding music and song to Apollo's list of responsibilities. 

A white bull also began the tale of the Minotaur.  In order to secure his place as king of Crete over his brother, Minos prayed to Poseidon for help. As a sign of his support Poseidon sent a white a bull to Minos so that he could sacrifice it in Poseidon's honour.  On seeing the magnificent creature Minos decided to keep the bull as part of his herd, and instead sacrificed one of this own inferior bulls.  Poseidon was no amused! As revenge he caused Minos' wife Pasiphae to fall in love with the white bull, which resulted in the birth of the Minotaur.   

The continent of Europe gets it's name from Europa, the beautiful daughter on King Agenor, who caught the eye of Zeus.  To hide his affair from Hera he transformed himself into a white bull and tempted Europa to jump onto his back. Once safely astride his back the bull flew into the air heading for the isles of Greece, much to the delight of Europa who was so thrilled by the beautiful lands passing below her that the entire contingent of Europe was names after her.  


Each lamp is made using a process that replicas that of the original Roman potters. Every lamp is careful hand pressed into a specially made lamp mould, where it is left to dry until it is solid enough to remove. The handle is made separately in a different mould. Both lamp and handle are then trimmed of excess clay and hand finished before the two are firmly joined together.  The the wick and filling holes are then cut before the lamp gets dipped in a red slip finish. 


 White earthenware


Approx 215 mm long, 70 mm high, 110 mm wide


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. 


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. 

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