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Reproduction Ancient Oil Lamps
Roman North Africa

The replica ancient oil lamps in this section represent clay lamp styles used in Roman North Africa. A major lamp production center of this region was Tunisia, and many come from the area around Carthage. This is also the region where the majority of ancient lamp moulds are now recovered, thanks to the climatic conditions. These lamps are molded directly from originals, or styled after original lamps of the period. These lamps hold the most olive oil of any clay lamps I presently make.
All lamps on this page are $ 9.95 (USD) each.
roman lamp replicas MARIAMME
Circa 5th Century AD

Large numbers of lamps with the typical "North African" style were made in workshops along the Mediterranean coast of Africa in the 5th Century AD. Tunisia and Carthage were probably the center of the trade, although some evidence now suggests Alexandria, Egypt may also have been a major production center in North Africa.
Molded directly from an original.
(4.5" by 3") 

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replica roman lamp ALEXANDRIA
Circa 5th Century AD

This example features the monogram "XPI", which is a Greek monogram of "Christ", and was probably at least as common as the symbol of the cross itself for many centuries. The body was molded directly from an original, the discus design is a reconstruction.
(4.5" by 3"

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CARTHAGE
Circa 5th Century AD

Another North African style, this features a running lion on the discus. Animals were popular subjects on the lamps, and many employed very similar decorative motifs as had the earlier Roman lamps.  The body was molded directly from an original, the discus design is a reconstruction.
(4.5" by 3") 

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replica roman lamp POMARIA
Circa 5th Century AD

A palm stands as the central decoration on this Roman North African styled lamp.
The body was molded directly from an original, the discus design is a reconstruction.
(4.5" by 3")
 

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TACAPE
Circa 5th Century AD

A common Christian symbol, a fish, ornaments this Roman North African style lamp.  The body was molded directly from an original, the discus design is a reconstruction.
(4.5" by 3") 

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MAURETANIA
Circa 5th Century AD

A variant of the XPI above, this lamp has a Christian cross with a hint of the Chi-Rho monogram still apparent.  The body was molded directly from an original, the discus design is a reconstruction.
(4.5" by 3") 

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