White pottery hanging lamp: 13th century

White pottery hanging lamp: 13th century
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actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

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White pottery hanging lamp with pointed base. The rim is broken. This is the base of a small Rhenish Red-painted ware hanging lamp, found in a cesspit behind a medieval house on Milk Street which, in 1276. It belonged to Bonamicus Jew of York. This type of pottery came from the Cologne area in Germany. The lamp, when complete, would have been filled with animal fat and had a floating wick. It would probably have been rather smoky and smelly to use.

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1201 AD - 1300 AD
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© Museum of London

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