Roman lucerna in Braga - Portugal

© Delfim Ferreira (photo) / Edição do Instituto Português do Património Cultural

unused, bought in Braga

This postcard shows some of the lucernas in exhibition at D. Diogo de Sousa Museum in Braga.

"LUCERNA, an oil lamp.a The Greeks and the Romans originally used candles; but in later times candles were chiefly confined to the houses of the lower classes. A great number of ancient lamps has come down to us; the greater part of which are made of terra cotta , but also a considerable number of bronze. Most of the lamps are of an oval form, and flat upon the top, on which there are frequently figures in relief" In: University of Chicago
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