Thanks Mr.Strobilus.Maybe this lamp
was produced in the Balkans? Mark on the base is not.2-3 century AD ? OK ?.
Ah! The dangers of making a snap attribution based only on photographs and without any indication of size!
I suspect from your username that you are Bulgarian
and that this lamp
was found locally? This lamp
could indeed be a local copy of a type
typically associated with North Africa
appears to have originated in Italy
in the very early 2nd century AD but production soon shifted mainly to North Africa
and they were exported in huge numbers from there. By the middle of the century, the style
was being copied and similar lamps
were being made elsewhere.
It is very difficult to be certain from your images but the fabric
of your own lamp
is by no means inconsistent with other lamps
found in the Balkans. The crudeness and proportions of the shoulder and nozzle also suggest that the lamp
may well have been made there. Balkan copies are less frequently marked than the North
Balkan copies of the North
also tend to be somewhat smaller than the originals and it would be interesting to know the size of your lamp
If this is indeed a copy made in the Balkans (and I now suspect it is), it may have been made contemporaneously with the North
African examples - second half of the 2nd century - but production continued somewhat later in that region - into the first half of the 3rd century.