8.1 Lamp Molds

Molds, from stone or clay, were found in many sites and indicate the location of lamp workshops. Clay molds (such as no. 1023) are less common than the stone or plaster molds. To manufacture a mold made clay lamp, the potter needs to manufacture two molds one for the bottom part and the second for the top part. Some pairs of molds have knobs and corresponding holes to fit the two molds together.


Five molds from different periods are presented in the catalog. The molds are for different types of lamps; three are for the top part of the lamp and two for the bottom part.