Ancient Roman Oil Lamp with a Sea Monster

GBP 455.00

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Object Description

An original Ancient Roman oil lamp moulded in light coloured terracotta and featuring a short round nozzle decorated with volutes, a single pierced, applied handle and one filling hole to the discus. The rim is flattened and includes concentric circles, framing the moulded depiction of a sea monster on the discus. The monster is portrayed as hybrid creature between a hound and a dolphin with a fan-like tail. It is represented above sea waves and can be identified as the mythological Cetus, a creature slayed by the Greek hero Perseus. The lamp can be classified as Loeschcke V; Bailey C group IV and has been marked by the maker to the underside with incised letters, reading C ABI NIA (Gabinia).

Date: Circa 1st – 3rd century AD

Object History

Provenance: Private Israel collection, SM. Israeli export license for the collection.

Object Condition

Condition: Very fine. Signs of ageing and earthly encrustations on the surface. Restored.

Object Details

  • material
  • dimensions
    W:12.5 x centimeters

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The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James

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