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5th-2nd B.C.E.
Oil lamps were the means of having artificial light in ancient times. Various materials were used in making them such asbronze metal. However by-in-large the most common type found in the homes of average persons was made of clay. Some were produced on an articeans wheel, others in clay molds. The earlier forms were that of a simple bowl with one end pressed out to form a point at which a wick was put to pull up the oil used to light the lamp. Some were constructed with but a single wick hold, but others had multiple wick holders to produce more light. The example seen here has spouts for two wicks to produce the light.

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