Oil lamp Facts for Kids

Group of ancient lamps (Hellenistic and Roman)

Late in the 19th century, those lamps were mostly replaced bykerosenelamps.

Neolithic stone lamps in Thousand Lamp Museum in Qiandeng town of Kunshan

Sukunda oil lamp of Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

Early Islamic oil lamps (11th century), found in Southern Portugal

A Deepalakshmi oil lamp from Kumbakonam

Traditional Chinese shrine in Petaling Jaya,Malaysia, containing an oil lamp

Jewishterracottaoil lamps fromSardiniain the Mu搜索引擎优化 Nazionale Sanna, Sassari

Whale oil lamp of the 18th or 19th century. Iron with cotton wicker (Dithmarscher Landesmuseum Meldorf, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)

is alampused for lighting by burningoil. Usually, it produces a flame by burningolive oil, or anothervegetable oil, orwhaleoil during the 1700s and 1800s. They burned cleaner, with less smoke, thancandlesand other sources of light beforeelectricity.

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Traditional Indian earthenware oil lamp or diya

The lamps were usually made ofpotteryor metal or glass. An old story in the1001 NightshasAladdincleaning (rubbing the lamp) and making aGenieappear.

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A basic earthen oil lamp used forDiwali

Simple contemporary Indian clay oil lamp duringdiwali

Blessing at a Durga puja celebration

Oil lamp burning before theiconof St. Mercurius of Smolensk, Kiev Pechersk Lavra,Ukraine

A terracotta oil lamp of the Roman Imperial era (replica)

Double-nozzledterracottaoil lamp found in Samaria

Paavai vilakku: anthropomorphic brass oil lamp from Tamil Nadu

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