9th Century B.C. North African Oil Lamps

9th Century B.C. African Oil Lamps

The rest of the oil lamp pictures will be much better than this one. These were unique lamps and the earliest from the region. The clay lamp technology and culture came from Phoenicia from where settlers from Tyre and probably other cities crossed the Mediterranean in in their vessels and established a colony in present day Tunisia.

The information I am posting comes from a combination of personal knowledge and the museum’s placards next to the display case. I took pictures of the placards to retrieve the information.

9th Century B.C. African Oil Lamps

The rest of the oil lamp pictures will be much better than this one. These were unique lamps and the earliest from the region. The clay lamp technology and  other culture came from Phoenicia. Settlers from Tyre and probably other cities crossed the Mediterranean in their vessels and established a colony in present day Tunisia.

The information I am posting comes from a combination of personal knowledge and the museum’s legends which describe the artifacts next to the display case. I took pictures of the legends to retrieve the information.

4-way Oil Lamp

4-way Oil Lamp

This “saucer type” of lamp consisted of pottery with indentations for the wick. This one would support 4 wicks and so gave more light. It would however use up the oil proportionately as to the amount of lit wicks. The user with this lamp had options as to how much light he wanted to generate.

4-way Oil Lamp

This “saucer type” of lamp consisted of pottery with indentations for the wick. This one could support 4 wicks and so give more light. It would however use up the oil proportionately as to the amount of lit wicks. The user with this lamp had options as to how much light he wanted to generate.

Apologies for the quality of this picture but I wanted to show this example of one of the earliest types to chronicle clay oil lamp development. This example dates to before 1000B.C. and was a feature in virtually every house or tent during this time.