Roman lantern from Pompeii, 1st century AD
Roman lantern with two struts from Pompeii. Lanterns of this type were in use throughout the 1st century AD, as evidenced by numerous finds from Europe. The oil burner is protected from wind by a rawhide screen; this gives a calm, non-flickering light. The burner is attached to the base of the lantern by a plug-in connection and can thus be easily removed or plugged back in. Diameter of the lantern 12.5 cm, height of the lamp (measured without carrying handle and chains) 21 cm. Material brass and transparent rawhide.