Peacock Oil Lamp

This oil lamp, in the shape of a peacock, was made in the Byzantine Empire between the 5th-7th centuries. Oil lamps were used throughout the ancient world to light interior spaces and could be found everywhere from China to the Arctic. Oil lamps come in a variety of designs, sizes, and materials. This lamp is bronze, which was a more expensive alternative to the common terracotta lamps in the Byzantine Empire. The lamp is the right size to either sit on a table or be carried while walking. It features both molded and carved details to create the shape of the peacock.