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This lucerna is typologically very special to be made in bronze, also has on its support a theater mask that makes clear how important this show was for the Romans, for all this is one of the best examples we can find of Roman lucerna.
Oil lamps, also called chandeliers or lanterns, are used by various ancient civilizations, from the prehistoric, through the ancient Egyptians to the present day. The oil lamp is a container full of oil from which a wick is placed on a protrusion and lit, bringing light to the home. Many theories point out that besides being used daily in homes they could also be used in funeral rituals.
Among the materials used as fuel the most common was olive oil, although mixtures of fish oil with the animal’s entrails, oil with crushed nuts and even other types of oils such as castor oil were used. While dried vegetable fibres or wicks made from animal hair were used as wicks.
The oil lamps are one of the best archaeological evidence we have of Roman excavations.