Lamp Typology


Lamps from across the Mediterranean can be divided into a variety of categories based on their appearance. For this a number of physical and formal  traits such as medium (clay, slip), method (hand, coil, wheel, mould), shape, structure, design, and imagery (symbolic, religious, mythological, erotic, battles, hunting) are examined. By cataloguing lamps, chronological and geographical patterns of production and distribution are revealed, often associating particular styles with a certain region or to specific time-periods.